Oxdative polymerization of phenols in water

Gangyong Sun*, Hiroyuki Nishide

*Corresponding author for this work

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We have recently succeeded in and reported the oxidative polymerization of 2,6-dimethylphenol in aqueous media to yield poly(2,6-dimethylphenyleneoxide) (PPO) as an off-white powder by filtration. We report in this paper the oxidative polymerization of phenol derivatives in aqueous media. Phenol was vigorously stirred in the aqueous alkaline solution with an oxidant. The addition of surfactants was effective to increase the polymer yield. The DMF-soluble part was identified as a polymer involving the mixture structure of phenylene and oxyphenylene units by 1H-NMR. Phenol derivatives such as o-cresol were also polymerizable in the alkaline water. The polymerization mechanism is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Preprints, Japan
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event54th SPSJ Symposium on Macromolecules - Yamagata
Duration: 2005 Sept 202005 Sept 22


Other54th SPSJ Symposium on Macromolecules


  • Oxidative polymerizaiton
  • Polyphenyleneoxide
  • Water solvent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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