Microwave-assisted cationic ring-opening polymerization of a soy-based 2-oxazoline monomer

R. Hoogenboom, F.D. Wiesbrock, U.S. Schubert

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The microwave-assisted cationic ring-opening polymn. of a soy based 2-oxazoline monomer (SoyOx) is described. The microwave irradn. provides more efficient heating when compared to conventional heating and, in addn., the SoyOx was prepd. starting from a sustainable resource (soy beans). The microwave polymn. of SoyOx was completed within 15 min when it was heated to 140-C in acetonitrile utilizing Me tosylate as initiator. During the microwave polymn., the living character of the polymn. was retained. Furthermore, the SoyOx microwave polymn. was successfully performed in the absence of volatile org. solvents. This bulk polymn. resulted in a well-defined pSoyOx as well. In conclusion, the microwave-irradn. provides a green alternative to conventional heating for the cationic ring-opening polymn. of 2-oxazolines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstracts of Papers, 230th ACS National Meeting
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event230th ACS National Meeting - Washington, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20051 Sept 2005


Conference230th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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