Oxidative polymerization of diphenyl disulfides with quinones. Formation of ultrapure poly(p-phenylene sulfide)s

Eishun Tsuchida, Kimihisa Yamamoto, Mitsutoshi Jikei, Hiroyuki Nishide

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Poly(p-phenylene sulfide)s are prepared through the oxidative polymerization of diphenyl disulfides or thiophenol with quinones at room temperature. The formed polymer is isolated as a white and pure powder having a 1,4-conjugated structure. The oxidative polymerization preferentially proceeds through a novel cationic mechanism. Diphenyl disulfide forms a charge-transfer complex with quinones and is oxidized to a sulfonium cation. The cation electrophilically substitutes on the phenyl ring to yield poly(p-phenylene sulfide). Influences of the quinones on this polymerization are discussed in connection with their redox potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)930-934
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Jan 1


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  • Materials Chemistry

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