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Isotactic poly(1-hexene sulfone)s by stereoselective anionic ring-opening polymerisation

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Callan, John F. and Fawcett, Allan H. (2008) Isotactic poly(1-hexene sulfone)s by stereoselective anionic ring-opening polymerisation. POLYMER INTERNATIONAL, 57 (2). pp. 240-246. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1002/pi.2330

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Poly(olefin sulfone)s have been shown to form helical regions and to display main-chain liquid-crystalline behaviour in the bulk when they possess long side-chains. It is believed that increasing the tacticity of the backbone could enhance their liquid-crystalline behaviour. This study aims to produce tactic poly(olefin sulfone)s by stereospecific ring-opening polymerisation. RESULTS: Tactic polythiranes were successfully obtained from a racemic mixture of thirane monomers using a series of chiral catalyst systems. The isotactic placement (P-i) was determined using C-13 NMR analysis of carbons in or near the backbone. The polysulfides were oxidised by peracetic acid to their corresponding polysulfones. Powder X-ray diffraction studies showed that the isotactic polysulfones formed more ordered structures than their atactic analogues, an effect attributed to a tightening of the helical pitch. CONCLUSIONS: Tactic poly(1-hexene sulfone)s have been prepared for the first time by stereoselective ringopening polymerisation. (C) 2007 Society of Chemical Industry.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
ID Code:4070
Deposited By:Professor John Callan
Deposited On:05 Jan 2010 14:13
Last Modified:19 Nov 2012 15:23

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