Free radical initiation mechanism based on the combination of alcohol initiators and borane activators

Masahiro Ohkura, T. C.Mike Chung

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A free radical initiation(R-BR2) system is based on a combination of an alcohol (R-OH) initiator and a dialkylborane (H-BR2) activator. Due to an empty p-orbital in the B atom, the C-O bond can be cleaved to form a reactive C• radical for initiating radical polymerization, while the stable BR2 radical remains inactive. Considering the large availability of various alcohol moieties, this asymmetric initiation chemistry can be applied to supermolecular structures and surface modifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2889-2893
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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