Radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate with some 1,2-disubstituted tetraphenylethanes as thermal iniferters
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- Otsu, T., Matsumoto, A. & Tazaki, T. Polymer Bulletin (1987) 17: 323. doi:10.1007/BF00955715
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The bulk polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) with 1,2-disubstituted tetraphenylethanes, tetraphenylsuccinodinitrile (TPSN), tetra(p-methoxyphenyl)succinodinitrile (TMPSN), and pentaphenylethane (PPE), was investigated. These compounds were found to serve as thermal iniferters to induce living radical polymerization via a mechanism close to the model proposed previously (see Eq. 2). However, the living nature was not so high, because undesirable side reactions occurred. The oligomer with molecular weight of 2500 was isolated from the reaction mixture of MMA with TPSN, which was found to cause further polymerization of MMA. From the polymerization of styrene (St) with the polymers obtained by these iniferters, the block copolymers were produced.