Palladium-based system for the polymerization of acrylates. Scope and mechanism

Christine Elia, Sharon Elyashiv-Barad, Ayusman Sen, Raquel López-Fernández, Ana C. Albéniz, Pablo Espinet

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The neutral palladium complex [Pd(C6F5)Br(NCMe)2] (1) was found to effect the polymerization of acrylates upon addition of 1 equiv of a monodentate phosphine or pyridine or an excess of halide. Methyl methacrylate was not polymerized, and furthermore, its addition stopped the progress of independently initiated methyl acrylate polymerization in the phosphine-based system. Addition of ethene also inhibited the polymerization of methyl acrylate. However, over 10 mol % incorporation of 1-hexene in the polymer was achieved when the latter was added together with methyl acrylate. The polymerizaion mechanism is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4249-4256
Number of pages8
Issue number20
StatePublished - Sep 30 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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