Preparation and characterization of new polycarbosilanes : part 1, synthesis, characterization and thermal properties of substituted poly(silylenemethylenes); part 2, stoichiometric polycarbosilane precursors to SiC

Shen, Qionghua
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Interrante, Leonard V., 1939-
Crivello, J. V.
Moore, J. A. (James Alfred), 1939-
Wnek, Gary E.
Smith, Ken
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Polymer chemistry
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1,1 ,3,3-tetraalkyl-1 ,3-disilacyclobutanes were prepared from the reaction of 1,1,3,3-tetrachloro-1,3-disilacyclobutane (TCDSCB) with various RMgX reagents. ROP of these monomers gave the symmetrically substituted polymers, [SiR2CH2]n in which R ranges from ethyl to n-hexyl groups. In comparison with the asymmetrically substituted polymers [SiMe(R)CH2]n, the molecular weight of the [SiR2CH2]n polymers decreased with the increase of the length of the alkyl groups, owing, presumably, to the steric hindrance from the alkyl groups during the ROP. DSC analysis showed that two endothermic transitions were found in all of the dialkyl substituted polymers [SiR2CH2]n, but the intermediate phases in these polymers existed in a very narrow temperature range in comparison with those phases in the corresponding poly(siloxanes) [SiR20]n and poly(silanes) [SiR2O]n. Lower thermal stabilities were observed for the [SiR2CH2]n polymers substituted with the longer side chains. All of the [SiR2CH2]n polymers gave low ceramic yields due to the lack of cross-linking groups.
December 1995
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