Phosphonitrilic Compounds. XIII. The Structure and Properties of Poly(difluorophosphazene)

H. R. Allcock, R. L. Kugel, E. G. Stroh

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X-Ray diffraction investigation of oriented fibers of high molecular weight poly(difluorophosphazene), (NPF2)n, revealed the presence of two molecular conformers. Conformer A, with a chain repeating distance of 6.49 A, was detected at temperatures between +25 and ---36°. Conformer B, observed near ---56°, showed a fiber (c) axis repeat of 4.86 A. An orthorhombic unit cell (space group Cmc2i) was assigned with a = 8.69 å and b = 5.38 å. Structure factor calculations for conformer B indicated a cis, trans-planar chain conformation, with P-N = 1.52 A, P-F = 1.47 A, F-P-F = 95°, N-P-N 119°, and P-N-P 136°. The low-temperature flexibility and high-temperature depolymerization of this polymer were also studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1120-1123
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1972

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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