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Controlled degradation of polyisoprene and polybutadiene: A comparative study of two methods
- Berto, Pierre, Grelier, Stéphane, Peruch, Frédéric
- Polymer degradation and stability 2018 v.154 pp. 295-303
- aldehydes, molecular weight, washing
- Low molar mass carbonyl telechelic cis,1–4 polyisoprene (CTPI) and aldehyde telechelic cis, 1–4 polybutadiene (ATPB) were easily prepared by the controlled degradation of high molar mass 1,4-cis polyisoprene (PI) and 1,4-cis polybutadiene (PB) in a molar mass range of 5000–80 000 g mol−1. Two methods are compared: the direct one using only the periodic acid (H5IO6) to randomly cleave the chain and a second one where the chain are first epoxidized before being cleaved by the periodic acid. In both cases, a control of the final chain length was observed with nevertheless a better control of the final chain length, dispersity and chain-ends using the 2-steps procedure. Importance of the washing step in order to avoid side reactions on the carbonyl chain-ends is also discussed.