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Physics meets polymerisation chemistry: Modelling the Wurtz reaction

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JournalPolymer international
DatePublished - 5 May 2009
Issue number3
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)239-241
Original languageEnglish


Polysilanes grown by Wurtz-type synthesis on a catalyst surface show a puzzling tri-modal distribution of molecular weight. In this paper, Tom McLeish briefly reviews a collaborative approach between polymer chemistry and theoretical physics aimed at building a quantitative model of this process and explains how tri-modal distributions emerge naturally when chiral defects in the growing chains interact.

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  • Polymerisation theory, Polysilane, Wurtz synthesis

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