Self-condensing vinyl polymerization: An approach to dendritic materials

Jean M.J. Fréchet*, Masahiro Henmi, Ivan Gitsov, Sadahito Aoshima, Marc R. Leduc, R. Bernard Grubbs

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Self-condensing vinyl polymerization was used to produce dendritic polymers with both highly branched structures and numerous reactive groups. A vinyl monomer will undergo self-polymerization if it contains a pendant group that can be transformed into an initiating moiety by the action of an external stimulus. The self-polymerization combines features of a classical vinyl polymerization process with those of a polycondensation because growth is accomplished by the coupling of reactive oligomers. Highly branched, irregular dendritic structures with a multiplicity of reactive functionalities are obtained by polymerization of 3-(1-chloroethyl)-ethenylbenzene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1083
Number of pages4
Issue number5227
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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