Polymers incorporating backbone thiophene, furan, and alcohol functionalities formed through chemical modifications of alternating olefin–carbon monoxide copolymers

Zhaozhong Jiang, Siddharth Sanganeria, Ayusman Sen

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The reaction of the alternating ethylene–carbon monoxide copolymer with Lawesson's reagent resulted in the conversion of 75% of the carbonyl groups to thiophene units. A few thioketone groups were also present in the derived polymer. A polymer with furan units in the backbone was formed upon treatment of the alternating propylene–carbon monoxide copolymer with P2O5. Depending on the reaction conditions, up to 90% of the carbonyl groups were converted. Finally, 1,4‐polyalcohols were prepared from the alternating propylene‐carbon monoxide copolymer by reduction. Hydrogenation using Raney nickel as catalyst resulted in the reduction of 60% of the carbonyl groups, whereas reaction with LiAlH4 at room temperature caused the reduction of 85% of the carbonyl groups. The glass transition temperature was found to increase monotonically with increasing concentration of hydroxyl groups in the polymer backbone. © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-847
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 15 1994


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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