Mechanistic Insights into Lewis Acid Mediated Sequence- and Stereo-Control in Radical Copolymerization

Nicholas S. Hill, Benjamin B. Noble, Michelle L. Coote

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Theoretical calculations have been performed to model the effects of a model Lewis acid, boron trichloride (BCl3) on the radical copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and styrene (Sty). These calculations suggest that the high degree of alternation observed in the copolymer sequence distribution cannot be attributed to either ternary monomer complexes nor radical-monomer complexes. These complexes were not found to be sufficiently stable, particularly in the presence of competing solvation by toluene. However, this alternation can be satisfactorily explained via an enhanced cross-propagation mechanism, which originates from the matched donor/acceptor electronic character of the MMA(BCl3)/Sty system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization
Subtitle of host publicationMechanisms and Synthetic Methodologies
EditorsKrzysztof Matyjaszewski, Haifeng Gao, Brent S. Sumerlin, Nicolay V. Tsarevsky
Place of PublicationUnited States of America
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780841233171
ISBN (Print)9780841233188
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918


  • Copolymerization
  • Monomers
  • Organic compounds
  • Radical polymerization
  • Polymers


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