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Hannes Leicht, Dr. Inigo Göttker-Schnetmann and Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecking Incorporation of Vinyl Chloride in Insertion Polymerization Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 19 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201209724

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A palladium-catalyzed insertion copolymerization of vinyl chloride (VC) and ethylene gave chlorinated polyethylene with CH3CHCl(CH2)n units (see scheme; C blue, O red, Pd orange, S yellow). The CH3CHCl end groups form by 2,1-insertion of VC into palladium hydride complexes, as revealed by detailed labeling studies. This first example of VC incorporation (up to 0.4 mol %) clearly shows that insertion (co)polymerization of VC is in principle feasible.

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