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

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JournalRSC Advances
DateE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jul 2014
DatePublished (current) - 2014
Issue number66
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)35131-35136
Early online date29/07/14
Original languageEnglish


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.

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