Alkyllithium-Initiated Polymerization of Myrcene New Block Copolymers of Styrene and Myrcene

  • Roderic P. Quirk
  • Tzu-Li Huang
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (POLS, volume 25)


Alkyllithium-initiated, anionic polymerization of vinyl monomers is a very useful synthetic method since the major variables affecting polymer properties can generally be controlled, i.e., molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, copolymer composition, diene microstructure, molecular architecture, and chain-end functionality.1–3 This control is a direct consequencce of the fact that in the absence of reactive impurities these polymerizations are termination and chain transfer free; therefore, the products of these polymerizations are polymer chains with carbanionic chain ends (“living polymers”).4 An illustrative mechanistic description is shown in Scheme I for the sec-butyllithium-initiated polymerization of styrene.


Block Copolymer Differential Scanning Calorimeter Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Triblock Copolymer Methyl Ethyl Ketone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roderic P. Quirk
    • 1
  • Tzu-Li Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan Molecular InstituteMidlandUSA

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