Polymerization of benzyl alcohol in anhydrous hydrogen fluoride: an efficient synthesis of poly(phenylenemethylene)

R. Eric Banks, Pierre Yves François, Peter N. Preston

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Abstract

It has been shown that benzyl alcohol is transformed rapidly and almost quantitatively into poly(phenylenemethylene) by adding it to anhydrous hydrogen fluoride at 16°C; the product is the so-called 'soluble poly(phenylenemethylene)' with a degree of polymerization of ˜20. p-Methylbenzyl alcohol has also been oligomerized by a similar procedure. The potential for adaption to industrial-scale use is highlighted. © 1992.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3974-3975
Number of pages2
JournalPolymer
Volume33
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992

Keywords

  • anhydrous hydrogen fluoride
  • benzyl alcohol
  • poly(phenylenemethylene)

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