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Oxetane Polymers

  1. M. P. Dreyfuss,
  2. P. Dreyfuss

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/0471440264.pst520

Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology

How to Cite

Dreyfuss, M. P. and Dreyfuss, P. 2011. Oxetane Polymers. Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology. .

Author Information

  1. Michigan Molecular Institute

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

Abstract

Oxetane is a name commonly used for the unsubstituted cyclic ether with a four-membered ring also known as trimethylene oxide, oxacyclobutane, and 1,3-epoxypropane. The parent ether polymerizes readily as a result of ring strain associated with the small ring size. A variety of substituted oxetanes have been synthesized and many of them also polymerize readily. Monomer properties, polymerization techniques, and polymer properties are discussed.

Keywords:

  • cyclic ether;
  • polymerization;
  • monomer;
  • oxetane