Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
SCF ab initio and AM1 semiempirical calculations with full geometry optimization have been carried out to model the initial steps of alkenylfuran cationic polymerization. Semiempirical procedures have been used to model propagation steps. Proton affinities of the relevant neutral species as well as the heats of formation of probable dimers were calculated. The results allow the explanation of the experimental behavior. The capabilities of the employed methods to describe these type of processes is discussed. It is confirmed that competition between vinyl and ring site attacks is the most important feature in these systems. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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