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Abstract

The iodine-initiated, solid-state copolymerization of tetraoxane with 1,3-dioxolane in the presence of methylal has been studied on a beaker scale. It was found that tetraoxane can be easily copolymerized with 1,3-dioxolane by a small amount of iodine as initiator and gives oxymethylene copolymer with excellent thermal stability in a high yield. The copolymerization was largely influenced by the concentrations of iodine, 1,3-dioxolane, and methylal, i.e., the polymerization rate increased with increase not only in iodine but also in 1,3-dioxolane, and the thermal stability and the molecular weight of the copolymer were mainly affected by 1,3-dioxolane and methylal concentration, respectively.