, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 299-323

Kinetically controlled siloxane ring-opening polymerization

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Some basic aspects of the kinetics and mechanisms of anionic and cationic ring-opening polymerization of cyclic siloxanes are discussed in connection with their use in polymer synthesis. The emphasis is put on the polymerization of strained ring monomers, such as cyclic trisiloxanes, since these provide the possibility of tailoring the polymer structure. Much attention is devoted to association phenomena and to oligomer formation processes.