Perfectly Alternating and Regioselective Copolymerization of Carbonyl Sulfide and Epoxides by Metal‐Free Lewis Pairs Academic Article uri icon


  • The preparation of perfectly alternating and regioslective copolymers derived from the copolymerization of carbonyl sulfide (COS) and epoxides by metal-free Lewis pair catalysts composed of a Lewis base (amidine, guanidine, or quaternary onium salts) and a Lewis acid (triethyl borane) is described. Colorless and highly transparent copolymers of poly(monothiocarbonate) were successfully obtained with over 99 % tail-to-head content and high molecular weight (up to 92.5 kg mol-1 ). In most instances, oxygen-sulfur exchange reactions (O/S ERs), which would generate random thiocarbonate and carbonate units, were effectively suppressed. The turnover frequencies (TOF) of these Lewis pair catalyzed processes were as high as 119 h-1 at ambient temperature.

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  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, J., Wu, H., Li, Y., Zhang, X., & Darensbourg, D. J.

citation count

  • 66

publication date

  • April 2017