Oxidative Polymerization of 2,6-Dimethylphenol to Form Poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenyleneoxide) in Water

Kei Saito, Takahiro Tago, Toru Masuyama, Hiroyuki Nishide

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Green polymerization: The simple stirring of 2,6-dimethylphenol with an excess of oxidant or a catalytic amount of a copper complex in an alkaline aqueous solution yields poly (2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenyleneoxide), a commercially important polymer (see scheme). The formed polymer was easily separated as an off-white powder by filtration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-733
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 30



  • Green chemistry
  • Oxidation
  • Polymerization
  • Radicals
  • Water chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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