Polymers 2013, 5(1), 284-302; doi:10.3390/polym5010284
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Immobilization of Poly(1,1-dimethysilacyclobutane) by Means of Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization on Organic Nanoparticles and Reinvestigation of Crystallization

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Received: 30 January 2013; in revised form: 28 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 / Published: 15 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ring-Opening Polymerization)
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Abstract: In the present study, the synthesis of poly(1,1-dimethylsilacyclobutane) (PDMSB) by anionic ring opening polymerization (ROP) is reinvestigated, leading to narrowly distributed molar masses (polydispersities 1.04–1.15) in the range of 2.3 to 60 kg mol−1. Investigations of thermal behavior for low molar mass PDMSB revealed an untypical multiple peaks melting phenomenon, which at first glance, seems to be of the same origin as low molar mass poly(ethylene oxide)s. Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements are done, proving the fast crystallization and subsequent recrystallization for investigated low molar mass samples. Synthetic attempts are expanded to the surface-initiated anionic ROP of 1,1-dimethylsilacyclobutane (DMSB) monomer from the surface of cross-linked polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles. Novel polycarbosilanes (PCS)/organic core/shell particles are obtained, which are investigated by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments. First insights into the crystallization behavior of surface-attached PDMSB chains reveal that crystallization seems to be hindered.
Keywords: polycarbosilanes; anionic polymerizations; crystallization; nanoparticles; surface-attached polymers
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Gallei, M.; Li, J.; Elbert, J.; Mazurowski, M.; Schönberger, A.; Schmidt, C.; Stühn, B.; Rehahn, M. Immobilization of Poly(1,1-dimethysilacyclobutane) by Means of Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization on Organic Nanoparticles and Reinvestigation of Crystallization. Polymers 2013, 5, 284-302.

AMA Style

Gallei M, Li J, Elbert J, Mazurowski M, Schönberger A, Schmidt C, Stühn B, Rehahn M. Immobilization of Poly(1,1-dimethysilacyclobutane) by Means of Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization on Organic Nanoparticles and Reinvestigation of Crystallization. Polymers. 2013; 5(1):284-302.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Gallei, Markus; Li, Junyu; Elbert, Johannes; Mazurowski, Markus; Schönberger, Astrid; Schmidt, Christian; Stühn, Bernd; Rehahn, Matthias. 2013. "Immobilization of Poly(1,1-dimethysilacyclobutane) by Means of Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization on Organic Nanoparticles and Reinvestigation of Crystallization." Polymers 5, no. 1: 284-302.

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