Oxidative polymerization to form poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) in water

Kei Saito, Toru Masuyama, Hiroyuki Nishide

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Abstract

An engineering plastic, poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO), was prepared via oxidative polymerization in water. 4-(2́,6́- Dimethylphenoxy)-2,6-dimethylphenol was stirred in an aqueous alkaline solution with a metal catalyst to yield PPO with a molecular weight of three to four thousand. The formation of diphenoquinone as the side-product was inhibited in this reaction. This reaction is slow but also proceeded under oxygen without a catalyst. The oxidative polymerization in water provides a new polymerization procedure for PPO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-538
Number of pages4
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct

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Oxidative polymerization to form poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) in water. / Saito, Kei; Masuyama, Toru; Nishide, Hiroyuki.

In: Green Chemistry, Vol. 5, No. 5, 10.2003, p. 535-538.

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