Ambient-Temperature Living Anionic Polymerization of Phosphaalkenes: Homopolymers and Block Copolymers with Controlled Chain Lengths


  • This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Discovery and Research Tools grants to D.G. and a graduate fellowship to K.N.), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the BC Knowledge Development Fund. We thank Dr. Nick Burlinson for assistance with the 31P NMR experiments.


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New kid on the block: Unprecedented polystyrene-block-poly(methylenephosphine) copolymers are accessible from the reaction of living polystyrene with the phosphaalkene (see scheme; Mes=2,4,6-Me3C6H2). The living anionic polymerization of P[DOUBLE BOND]C bonds represents a new development in phosphorus chemistry and opens up the possibility to synthesize functional phosphorus polymers of controlled architectures.