Poly(1,4-phenylene sulfide) (PPS) synthesis via oxidative polymerization of diphenyl disulfide: Mechanistic insight into the selective formation of 1,4-thiophenylene chain

Fuyuki Aida, Yohei Takatori, Daichi Kiyokawa, Kentaro Nagamatsu, Hiroyuki Nishide, Kenichi Oyaizu

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    Oxidative polymerization of diphenyl disulfide under molten conditions at moderately elevated temperatures gave poly(1,4-phenylene sulfide) (PPS), using a vanadyl complexstrong acid catalyst with oxygen as the ultimate oxidant. Origin of the selectivity of the sulfonium electrophile for the formation of the 1,4-thiophenylene chain, characterized by the presence of a disulfide bond at the chain end, was determined by the behavior of polymerization and structural analysis of the product together with a computational calculation, which revealed a unique chain growth-type polycondensation process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)767-769
    Number of pages3
    JournalChemistry Letters
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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