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Keywords:

  • clathrates;
  • crystal structure;
  • host-guest system;
  • syndiotactic poly(m-methylstyrene);
  • WAXS

Abstract

The crystal structures of clathrate forms of syndiotactic poly(m-methylstyrene) containing guest molecules having different steric hindrance (CS2, benzene and orto-dichlorobenzene) are presented. The structures are all characterized by polymer chains in s(2/1)2 helical conformation and guest molecules packed in an orthorhombic unit cell according to the space group Pcaa. All the presented clathrates belongs to β class indipendently from the dimensions of the guest molecule. In this aspect they differ both from clathrate forms of syndiotactic polystyrene, all belonging to α class, and from clathrate forms of syndiotactic poly(p-methylstyrene) that belong to α or β class according to the steric hindrance of the guest molecule.