Spontaneous polymerization of phenylphosphaethyne

Douglas A. Loy, Gregory M. Jamison, Mark D. McClain, Todd M. Alam

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The spontaneous polymerization of phenylphosphaethyne yields mostly saturated oligomers. The absence of high molecular weight macromolecules and detectable end groups is consistent with oligomers formed by a cycloaddition mechanism. The broad molecular weight distribution and greater molecular weight of the oligomers is likely the consequence of the greater steric accessibility to the C-P bond offered by the phenyl group. A presence of head-to-head cycloadducts may explain the thermal instability of the oligomers towards fragmentation with loss of P4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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Loy, D. A., Jamison, G. M., McClain, M. D., & Alam, T. M. (1999). Spontaneous polymerization of phenylphosphaethyne. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 37(3), 129-133.