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Stereoregularity Of Poly(vinyl Ether)

K. Matsuzaki, Minoru Hamada, K. Arita
Published 1967 · Chemistry

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α-Methylvinyl isobutyl and methyl ethers were polymerized cationically and the structure of the polymers was studied by NMR. Poly(α-methylvinyl methyl ether) polymerized with iodine or ferric chloride as catalyst was found to be almost atactic, whereas poly(α-methylvinyl isobutyl ether) polymerized in toluene with BF3OEt2 or AlEt2Cl as catalyst was found to be isotactic. In both cases, the addition of polar solvent resulted in the increase of syndiotactic structure as is the case with polymerization of alkyl vinyl ether. tert-Butyl vinyl ether was polymerized, and the polymer was converted into poly(vinyl acetate), the structure of which was studied by NMR. A nearly linear relationship between the optical density ratio D722/D736 in poly(tert-butyl vinyl ether) and the isotacticity of the converted poly(vinyl acetate) was observed.

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