Evaluation of the synthesis of polysilanes by the reductive-coupling of dihaloorganosilanes

Jones, Richard G. and Benfield, Robert E. and Cragg, R. Harry and Swain, Anthony C. and Webb, Samantha J. (1993) Evaluation of the synthesis of polysilanes by the reductive-coupling of dihaloorganosilanes. Macromolecules, 26 (18). pp. 4878-4887. ISSN 0024-9297. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The blue color that develops during the alkali metal-mediated reductive-coupling of dihaloorganosilanes to form polysilanes has been shown to arise from colloidal alkali metal particles. The development of the color is demonstrated to mark the end of reaction, and the role that the colloid particles play in determining the proportion of very high molecular weight polymer that develops in these systems is discussed. The overall polymodal molecular weight distributions that result are explained in terms of an anionic mechanism of polymerization and the heterogeneous reaction conditions. Oligomeric materials that are always present in the product mixtures are shown to arise from alkali metal-induced polymer degradation reactions and from otherwise unreacted monomer that is consumed during the polymer isolation procedure. The problems of the reproducibility and control of such preparative methods are assessed in the light of these conclusions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: M. Nasiriavanaki
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2009 18:32
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 08:32
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/22157 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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