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Thermal Degradation of Polymers and Polymer Models. V A Model for Copoly(styrene- methyl methacrylate)

GD Fallon, KA Holland, ID Rae

Australian Journal of Chemistry | Published : 1990


The synthesis of (�)- and meso-dimethyl 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-bis(2′-methyl-2′-phenylpropyl)butane-dioate from methyl 2,4-dimethyl-4-phenylpentanoate , via a silyl enol acetal, is described. The X-ray structure of the meso isomer shows serious distortions from normal bond lengths and angles, most notably a length of 162.7(4) pm for the crowded central C-C bond. The compounds were synthesized as models for head-to-head units which might form by chain termination through dimerization of macroradicals during copolymerization of styrene and methyl methacrylate . Thermal degradation of the diphenyl -substituted diesters at 210° gave products which may have formed by plausible routes from ..

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