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Mechanistic considerations on styrenemaleic anhydride copolymerization reactions

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Abstract

The copolymerization of styrene and maleic anhydride has received significant attention in academia as well as in industry. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism of the copolymerization is still a point of debate. In this paper, an overview is given that provides compelling evidence in favor of the penultimate unit model as the correct choice to describe the process of chain growth. In addition to that new developments in terms of living radical copolymerization of styrene and maleic anhydride are discussed from a mechanistic point of view.

Graphical abstract: Mechanistic considerations on styrene–maleic anhydride copolymerization reactions

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The article was received on 06 Nov 2009, accepted on 02 Dec 2009 and first published on 11 Jan 2010


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00341J
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 558-562
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    Mechanistic considerations on styrenemaleic anhydride copolymerization reactions

    B. Klumperman, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 558
    DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00341J

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