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Synthesis of a Novel Poly(iptycene) Ladder Polymer

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posted on 2006-05-02, 00:00 authored by Zhihua Chen, John P. Amara, Samuel W. Thomas, Timothy M. Swager
A self-polymerizable AB-type monomer for Diels−Alder (D−A) polymerization was prepared, and its polymerization was carried out in the melt phase and at high pressure in solution. The former method generated only low-molecular-weight polymer, but the latter one offered an efficient polymerization with increased molecular weight, due to the effect of high pressure on reactions with a negative activation volume. A pyridinium p-toluenesulfonate-catalyzed dehydration reaction of the D−A polymer led to a novel aromatic ladder polymer, poly(iptycene), which is soluble in common organic solvents and stable up to 350 °C. The NMR and UV−vis spectra of these polymers match the spectra of their corresponding model compounds, the synthesis of which is also reported.