Metallocene-mediated cationic ring-opening polymerization of 2-methyl- and 2-phenyl-oxazoline

Maria Evgenia Kourti, Georgios C. Vougioukalakis, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Marinos Pitsikalis*

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The cationic ring-opening polymerization of 2-methyl-2-oxazoline and 2-phenyl-2-oxazoline was efficiently used using bis(η5- cyclopentadienyl)dimethyl zirconium, Cp2ZrMe2, or bis(η5-tert-butyl-cyclopentadienyl)dimethyl hafnium in combination with either tris(pentafluorophenyl)borate or tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate dimethylanilinum salt as initiation systems. The evolution of polymer yield, molecular weight, and molecular weight distribution with time was examined. In addition, the influence of the initiation system and the monomer on the control of the polymerization was studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2520-2527
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • cationic polymerization
  • hafnium
  • kinetics
  • metallocene catalysts
  • polyoxazolines
  • zirconium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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