Borane-mediated control radical polymerization: Synthesis of chain end functionalized fluoropolymers

T. C. Chung, H. Hong, Z. C. Zhang, Z. M. Wang

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This paper summarizes our experimental results in a new family of borane-based control radical initiators and their unique application in the synthesis of fluoropolymers containing one or more terminal functional groups. The chemistry is advantaged by its simplicity of borane initiator and mild reaction condition, and applicable to a broad range of fluoromonomers, including VDF, f-acrylic, etc. Two type borane initiators, including cycloborane and functional borane, will be discussed to illustrate the functionalization scheme. The control radical polymerization is characterized by predictable molecular weight, narrow molecular weight distribution, formation of diblock copolymer, and tolerance to many functional groups that usually cause chain transfer reactions in regular free radical polymerization. In turn, the chain end functionalized fluoropolymers exhibit very high surface activities in the polymer/inorganic composites. For example, the polymer can exfoliate clay interlayer structure in PVDF/clay nanocomposite, and maintaining the disorder state even after further mixing with neat (unfunctionalized) polymer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationControlled/Living Radical Polymerization from Synthesis to Materials
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0841239916, 9780841239913
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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