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Anionic alternating copolymerization of epoxide and 3,4‐dihydrocoumarin and its application to networked polymers

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3,4‐Dihydrocoumarin (DHCM) is an aromatic six‐membered lactone, which does not undergo anionic homopolymerization. However, it does undergo copolymerization with an epoxide. The striking feature of this copolymerization is its 1:1 alternating nature, which allows for the formation of polyesters. In this mini‐review, we describe the copolymerization behavior, the polymer structure and the advantages that can be achieved by addition of DHCM to the epoxy‐imidazole curing system. Another focus is our development of DHCM analogues, which bring the advantages of DHCM to their applications as comonomers for the curing system. Copyright © 2009 Society of Chemical Industry
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Keywords: 3,4‐dihydrocoumarin; alternating copolymerization; anionic; epoxy‐imidazole system

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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