Stereochemistry of oligomers in stereospecific and conformational specific ionic polymerizations


Low molecular weight oligomers of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and perhaloacetaldehyde were studied as to their composition, end groups and stereochemistry. The oligomerization of methyl methacrylate can be directed toward almost pure isotactic or toward almost syndiotactic oligomers depending upon the intitiating system used. Perhaloacetaldehydes showed a stereospecificity which depended upon the size and bulkiness of the side group in the polymer chain. There is no dependence of the sterospecificity based on the initiating system and only isotactic polymers could be obtained which are not only stereospecific but also conformationally specific giving conformational specific isotactic 4/1 helices. Copyright © 1992 Hüthig & Wepf Verlag

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Makromolekulare Chemie. Macromolecular Symposia