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Synthesis of highly reactive polyisobutylene with FeCl3/ether complexes in hexane; kinetic and mechanistic studies

Kumar, Rajeev; De, Priyadarsi; Zheng, Bin; Huang, Kuo-Wei; Emert, Jack; Faust, Rudolf


The kinetics and mechanism of the polymerization of isobutylene catalyzed by FeCl3·ether complexes in hexane at 0 °C were investigated. The polymerization rates increased in the diisopropyl ether< 2-chloroethyl ethyl ether < bis(2-chloroethyl) ether order, attributed to electronic effects. The polymerization rates increased with increasing initiator and catalyst concentrations. The first order plots, however, deviated from the linear suggesting that the cation concentration decreases with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Polymer Chemistry
DOI: 10.1039/c4py01039f


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