Degree of polymerization and chain transfer in methyl methacrylate

Basu, Sadhan ; Sen, Jyotirindra Nath ; Palit, Santi R. (1950) Degree of polymerization and chain transfer in methyl methacrylate Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 202 (1071). pp. 485-498. ISSN 1364-5021

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The chain-transfer constants of twenty-six solvents in the polymerization of methyl methacrylate have been calculated, using Mayo's equation for chain-transfer reaction, from the measured values of degree of polymerization of the product formed in these solvents at different concentrations at 80°C. The increase in transfer constants in hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones, acids and ester may be effectively accounted for by the the increased polarization of the C-H bond at the α-position, by adjacent electron-attracting groups. In the case of chloro-compounds the activity has been found to depend not on the number of halogen atoms in the molecule as was suggested by Mayo but on the extent of C-Cl bond forces. Further, it is shown that simple chain transfer reactions with solvents cannot fully account for all the observed discrepancies in the kinetic measurements in solution.

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