Recent advances in the anionic synthesis of chain-end functionalized polymers

Roderic P. Quirk, Tae Hee Cheong, Kevin Jiang, Deanna L. Gomochak, Taejun Yoo, Keith T. Andes, Robert T. Mathers

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Recent results for the preparation of chain-end functionalized polymers using alkyllithium-initiated anionic polymerization are described. Termination with 4-chloro-1,1,1-trimethoxybutane has been used to prepare trimethoxy ortho ester (carboxyl)-functionalized polymers. Functionalization with the oxiranes, glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane, 3,4-epoxy-1-butene and 1,1,1-trifluoro-2,3-epoxypropane, has been investigated to prepare trimethoxysilyl-functionalized polymers, 1,3-diene-functionalized macromonomers and trifluoromethyl-functionalized polymers, respectively. Secondary amine-functionalized polymers have been prepared by termination with N-(benzylidene)methylamine and also using an N-benzyl tertiary amine-functionalized alkyllithium initiator followed by hydrogenolysis of the benzyl group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
StatePublished - Jun 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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