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Polymerization of vinyl monomers initiated by KO2–charge transfer agent systems. II

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  • Yang-Kyoo Han,

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    1. Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, Cheongryang P.O. Box 131, Seoul 130-650, Korea
    • Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, Cheongryang P.O. Box 131, Seoul 130-650, Korea
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  • Ji-Heung Kim,

    1. Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, Cheongryang P.O. Box 131, Seoul 130-650, Korea
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  • Sam-Kwon Choi

    1. Department of Chemistry, KAIST, Cheongryang P.O. Box 150, Seoul 130-650, Korea
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Abstract

Vinyl monomers having electron acceptor groups such as nitroethylene, acrylonitrile, and acrolein were polymerized by KO2–charge transfer agent initiator systems in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) at 25°C. The new initiator systems were found to be stable for almost 1 month under nitrogen atmosphere. The initial rate of polymerization was so fast that both conversion and molecular weight of the polymers obtained were high. Especially their molecular weight distribution was observed to be very narrow by means of gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The anion radicals generated by one electron transfer from potassium superoxide (KO2) to charge transfer agents such as naphthalene, benzoquinone, azobenzene, etc., were suitable as initiator for the anionic polymerization of electron acceptor monomers. Study on block copolymerization of nitroethylene with acrylonitrile or acrolein was also attempted.

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