Side group exchange in poly(organophosphazenes) with fluoroalkoxy substituents

Harry R. Allcock, Andrew E. Maher, Catherine M. Ambler

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Several poly(alkoxyphosphazenes) and poly(fluoroalkoxyphosphazenes) were synthesized and allowed to react with various organic nucleophiles. Reactions were carried out at room temperature (25 °C) and at 67 °C in tetrahydrofuran (THF) and were monitored by 31P NMR spectroscopy. The possible use of single-substituent polymers as hydrolytically stable macromolecular intermediates for mixed-substituent polyphosphazene synthesis is discussed, and factors that influence side group replacement in poly(organophosphazenes) are examined. In addition, evidence for a random, irreversible SN2-like mechanism of side group replacement is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5566-5572
Number of pages7
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 29 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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