A new intermediate in spontaneous styrene polymerisation inhibited by 2-nitrophenol

Robert J. Thatcher, Thomas E. Newby, Peter Price, Colin Loyns, Victor Chechik*

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The polymerisation inhibitor, 2-nitrophenol reacts with radicals generated in self-initiated thermal styrene polymerisation to form the unexpected benzoxazine 1. We propose the mechanism for the formation of 1 and show that it is produced by a radical mediated C-H activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35131-35136
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number66
Early online date29 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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