Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Online ISSN : 1348-0634
Print ISSN : 0009-2673
ISSN-L : 0009-2673
Anionic Polymerization of Vinylidene Chloride. II. Homopolymerization Initiated by n-Butyllithium
Akio Konishi
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1962 Volume 35 Issue 2 Pages 197-201


The polymerization of vinylidene chloride initiated by n-butyllithium in n-hexane has been investigated. It has been found that the initial rate of polymerization is independent of the catalyst concentration above a critical value and is proportional to the square of the monomer concentration. The activation energy of the over-all rate was 10.7kcal./mol. The chlorine content of the polymer decreased inversely with the increase of catalyst concentration. An anionic mechanism is suggested for the polymerization kinetics.

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