Novel photoinitiated cationic copolymerizations of 4-methylene-2-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane

Kevin D. Belfield, Feras B. Abdelrazzaq

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Photoinitiated polymerization of 4-methylene-2-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane (1) was carried out using either tris (4-methylphenyl)sulfonium hexafluoroantimonate or 4-decyloxyphenyl phenyliodonium hexafluoroantimonate as initiators. 1H-NMR analyses confirmed exclusive ring-opening while DSC and SEC were used to determine the glass transition temperatures (Tgs) and molecular weights, respectively. Photoinitiated cationic copolymerizations of 1 were investigated with several acyclic and cyclic monomers. Copolymerization of 1 with vinyl ethers and a spiroorthoester resulted in copolymers whose thermal properties were dependent on comonomer ratios. Copolymers of 1 and dihydrofuran or dihydropyran afforded soluble polymers with Tgs significantly higher than the homopolymer of 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2207-2219
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


  • 4-methylene-2-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane
  • Copolymerization
  • Photoinitiated cationic polymerization
  • Poly(alkylene ether ketone)s
  • Ring-opening polymerization


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