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Pure Appl. Chem., 2002, Vol. 74, No. 6, pp. 915-922


Definitions relating to stereochemically asymmetric polymerizations (IUPAC Recommendations 2001)

K. Hatada1*, J. Kahovec2, M. Barón3, K. Horie4, T. Kitayama5, P. Kubisa6, G. P. Moss7, R. F. T. Stepto8 and E. S. Wilks9

1 Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Machikane-yama 1-3, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8531, Japan
2 Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Heyrovsky Sq. 2, 162 06 Praha 6, Czech Republic
3 Facultad de Ciências Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Belgrano, Villanueva 1324, Buenos Aires, 1426 Argentina
4 Department of Organic & Polymer Materials Chemistry, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16 Nakacho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo, 184-8588 Japan
5 Department of Chemistry, Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Toyonaka, Osaka, 560-8531 Japan
6 Centrum Badan Molek. i Makromolek., Polska Akademia Nauk, Sienkiewicza 112, PL-90 363 Lódz, Poland
7 Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, UK
8 Polymer Science and Technology Group (MMSC), University of Manchester and UMIST, Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HS, UK
9 113 Meriden Drive, Canterbury Hills, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Abstract: Asymmetric polymerization has been of interest to many academic and industrial polymer scientists, but no reference has been made by IUPAC explicitly to classification and definitions of reactions involving the asymmetric synthesis of polymers. This document presents definitions concerned with asymmetric and related polymerizations, with examples included to clarify the meaning of the definitions. Asymmetric polymerizations embrace two main categories, "asymmetric chirogenic polymerizations" and "asymmetric enantiomer-differentiating polymerizations".


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