Silicon Acetal Metathesis Polymerization

Sahmetlioglu E., Ha Thi Hoang Nguyen H. T. H. N., Nsengiyumva O., Gokturk E., Miller S. A.

ACS MACRO LETTERS, vol.5, no.4, pp.466-470, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00095
  • Journal Name: ACS MACRO LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.466-470
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


A kinetic study revealed that the acid-catalyzed (p-TSA) equilibration of Me2Si(OMe)(2) and Me2Si(OEt)(2), forming Me2Si(OEt)OMe, is established in 300 min in benzene at room temperature. This silicon acetal metathesis reaction is exploited for the step-growth polymerization of bissilicon acetals (MeOSiMe2OROSiMe2OMe) with metathetical loss of Me2Si(OMe)(2). Thus, a convenient and generalized silicon acetal metathesis polymerization (SAMP) method is introduced as the acid-catalyzed copolymerization of a diol (HOROH) and Me2Si(OMe)(2), driven by elimination of methanol and/or Me2Si(OMe)(2). SAMP constitutes an effective and powerful strategy for manipulating the most common bond in the Earth's crust, the silicon oxygen bond.