Grafting of Syndiotactic Polystyrene by Branched Oligoethene Using [Ni(π-methallyl)(Br)]2/AlCl3 Catalyst

Shengsheng Liu, Ayusman Sen

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The grafting of syndiotactic polystyrene with branched oligoethene was achieved with [Ni(π-methallyl)(Br)]2/AlCl3 as a catalyst. The molar ratio of AlCl3 to Ni(II) is important, and an efficient reaction occurs only with a large excess of AlCl3. The grafted polymers were characterized by NMR, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry. The predominant grafts were sec-butyl groups. No melting point was observed for highly grafted polymers, and X-ray diffraction studies indicated that these materials were completely amorphous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-451
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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