Sulfur-Substituted Polyoxyethylenes Sequential Ether-Thioether Copolymers

  • L. J. Mathias
  • J. B. Canterberry
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Polyoxyethylene (POE) and polythioethylene (PTE) display very different physical and chemical properties despite a close similarity in structure. POE, for example, melts at 68°C and PTE at 216°C.l POE is soluble in many organic solvents and in water while PTE is generally insoluble. The crystalline conformations are also very different with POE adopting a (7/2) helix with oxygen lone-pair electrons oriented inward around the interior and PTE assuming a (2/0) glide-plane structure in which adjacent sulfur lone-pairs are oriented at 180° to each other.3–4


Repeat Unit Thermal Polymerization Cupric Chloride Comonomer Unit Thioether Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. J. Mathias
    • 1
  • J. B. Canterberry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Polymer ScienceUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

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