Synthesis of polyphenylene thioethers through cationic oxidative polymerization

Eishun Tsuchida*, Kimihisa Yamamoto, Mitsutoshi Jikei, Eiichi Shouji, Hiroyuki Nishide

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Polyaromatic sulfides are efficiently and conveniently prepared by cationic oxidative polymerization. Diphenyl disulfides are quantitatively polymerized to yield poly(p-phenylene sulfide)s as white powders whose structure predominantely contains 1,4-phenylene sulfide bonds. The disulfides are oxidized to phenylbis(phenylthio)- sulfonium cations as active species of the polymerization. Repeating the oxidation and electrophilic reaction of the cation to the p-position of disulfides yields the polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1298
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of macromolecular science. Chemistry
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Nov

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