Organic Chemistry

Synthesis and styrene copolymerization of novel bromo, chloro, and fluoro ring-disubstituted tert-butyl phenylcyanoacrylates

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Novel ring-disubstituted tert-butyl phenylcyanoacrylates, RPhCH=C(CN)CO2C(CH3)3, where R is 3,5-dibromo, 2,4-dichloro, 2,6-dichloro, 3,4-dichloro, 2,4-difluoro, 2,5-difluoro, 2,6-difluoro, 3,4-difluoro, 3,5-difluoro, were prepared and copolymerized with styrene. The acrylates were synthesized by the piperidine catalyzed Knoevenagel condensation of ring-disubstituted benzaldehydes and tret-butyl cyanoacetate, and characterized by CHN analysis, IR, 1H and 13C NMR. All the acrylates were copolymerized with styrene in solution with radical initiation at 70C. The compositions of the copolymers were calculated from nitrogen analysis.

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