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Mechanistic considerations on styrene–maleic anhydridecopolymerization reactions

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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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06 Nov 2009
02 Dec 2009
First published
11 Jan 2010

Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 558-562
Article type
Review Article

Mechanistic considerations on styrenemaleic anhydride copolymerization reactions

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

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