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New ligands for the living isotactic anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in toluene at 0°C. 1. Ligation of butyllithium by lithium silanolates

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  • Anionic Polymerization
  • (Meth)Acrylate
  • Engineering
  • Computing & Technology :: Materials Science & Engineering [C09]
  • Ingénierie
  • Informatique & Technologie :: Science Des Matériaux & Ingénierie [C09]
  • Physical
  • Chemical
  • Mathematical & Earth Sciences :: Chemistry [G01]
  • Physique
  • Chimie
  • Mathématiques & Sciences De La Terre :: Chimie [G01]


sBuLi and tBuLi have been combined with a new family of ligands, i.e. lithium silanolates, and used as initiators for the ligated anionic polymerization (LAP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in toluene at 0 °C. Compared to other known μ-ligands, the accordingly formed Bu(Me2)SiOLi are more efficient stabilizers for the active centers. Under appropriate reaction conditions, a fast polymerization proceeds quantitatively without self-termination at 0 °C and leads to high molecular weight polymer of narrow molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn < 1.2) and high isotacticity (90% isotactic triads).

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