Well-defined boron-containing polymeric Lewis acids

Yang Qin, Guanglou Cheng, Anand Sundararaman, Frieder Jäkle

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A general new route to well-defined polymeric Lewis acids via borylation of silylated polymers is reported. Trimethylsilylated polystyrene (PS-Si) of controlled molecular weight and low polydispersity (PDI <1.15) was obtained via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 4-(trimethylsilyl)styrene. The functional polymer PS-Si was quantitatively borylated using BBr3 to give poly(4-dibromoborylstyrene) (PS-B), a novel soluble boron-containing polymeric Lewis acid. PS-B readily reacted with nucleophiles serving as a precursor to a family of new polymers with boron centers of variable Lewis acidity. Reaction of PS-B with Cu(C6F5) gave the highly Lewis acidic polymer poly[4-bis(pentafluorophenyl)borylstyrene], the first polymeric analogue of tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12672-12673
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number43
StatePublished - Oct 30 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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