[en] sBuLi and tBuLi have been combined with a new family of ligands, i.e. lithium silanolates, and used as initiators for the ligated anionic polymerization (LAP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in toluene at 0 °C. Compared to other known μ-ligands, the accordingly formed Bu(Me2)SiOLi are more efficient stabilizers for the active centers. Under appropriate reaction conditions, a fast polymerization proceeds quantitatively without self-termination at 0 °C and leads to high molecular weight polymer of narrow molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn < 1.2) and high isotacticity (90% isotactic triads).
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
Elf Atochem ; Politique Scientifique Fédérale (Belgique) = Belgian Federal Science Policy