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Abstract

The functionalization reaction of poly(styryl)lithiums (Mn = 1.3–9.9 × 103) with ethylene oxide in benzene proceeds quantitatively ( > 99%) to produce the corresponding hydroxyethylated polymer as determined by vapor phase osmometry, size exclusion chromatography, end-group titration, thin layer chromatography, and 1H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopy. 13C-NMR spectral analysis of the functionalized polystyrene with Mn = 1.3 × 103 was consistent with addition of only one ethylene oxide unit to poly(styryl)lithium, i.e., no evidence for ethylene oxide oligomerization was observed.