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In Situ Quenching Methods Toward exo-Olefin-Terminated Polyisobutylene

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exo-Olefin-terminated polyisobutylene was obtained directly from living isobutylene polymerizations by addition of a quenching compound to the living chain ends. Three broad classes of compounds were evaluated including hindered bases such as hindered pyridines and piperidines, N-hydro-2,5-disubstitutedpyrroles, and sulfides, ethers, and silylethers. The proposed mechanism of quenching unique to each class was discussed, with supporting kinetic, spectroscopic, and structure-based evidence presented. Hindered bases were proposed to operate by E2 elimination reaction of free base at the carbenium ion. N-Hydro-2,5-disubstitutedpyrroles were proposed to form the η5-2,5-disubstitutedpyrrolyltrichloro-titanium(IV) coordination complex, which serves as the true quencher. Sulfides, ethers, and silylethers were proposed to operate by first converting the PIB chain ends quantitatively to the onium adduct, which is then decomposed to form exo-olefin PIB. Sulfides and ethers were the best performing quenchers of all the types studied, particularly bulky ones such di-tert-butylsulfide and diisopropyl ether.

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