Effect of lewis and Brønsted acids on the homopolymerization of acrylates and their copolymerization with 1-alkenes

Rong Luo, Ying Chen, Ayusman Sen

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Abstract

The first copolymerization of acrylate and methacrylate with nonpolar 1-alkenes in the presence of Brønsted acids as complexation agents has been reported. The addition of both homogeneous and heterogeneous Brønsted acids resulted in increased monomer conversion and 1-alkene incorporation. Further, the heterogeneous Brønsted acids can be recycled without loss of activity. A direct correlation exists between the ability of the Lewis or Brønsted acid to bind to the ester group of the acrylate/methacrylate monomer and its ability to promote the copolymerization reaction. For Lewis acids, there is also a direct correlation between the charge/size ratio at the metal center and their ability to promote copolymerizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5499-5505
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume46
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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