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Polymerization of methyl methacrylate with Nickel(II)α-benzoinoxime complex

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Polymerizations of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer initiated by a novel Ni(II)α-benzoinoxime complex have been achieved under homogeneous conditions in the 25–60°C temperature range. The activity for polymerization increases with reaction temperature and by carrying out the polymerization in solution of low-polarity solvents without any induction time. The obtained polymers have weight-average molecular weights about 105 and slight broad polydispersity indexes (2.2 ≤ Mw/Mn ≤ 3.3). Dependence of rate constants polymerization and decomposition of initiator (kapp and kd, respectively) on temperature was investigated and activation parameters were computed from Arrhenius plot. 1H-NMR analysis of PMMA revealed a syndio-rich atactic microstructure in agreement with conventional radical process. Radical scavenger TEMPO effect together with microstructure and molecular weight distributions data supported that the polymerization proceed via free radical mechanism. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2008

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