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Understanding the reshaping of fluorinated polyester vitrimers by kinetic and DFT studies of the transesterification reaction

Abstract : Vitrimers are a third class of polymers gathering the mechanical properties and solvent resistance of 3D thermosets and the reprocessability of thermoplastics. This unique behaviour is due to the triggering of certain covalent exchange reactions that allow the network to rearrange upon application of a stimulus. The constitutive feature of vitrimers is the adoption of a glass-like viscosity during the rearrangement of the network, often due to an associative mechanism for the exchange reaction. Transesterification networks are one of the most studied type of vitrimers that usually require the incorporation of a catalyst, implying the associated drawbacks. Our group recently reported catalyst-free transesterification vitrimers in which the ester functions are particularly reactive thanks to the presence of fluorine atoms in a- or b-position. In the present contribution, we present parallel DFT calculations and an experimental kinetic study on model molecules in order to quantitatively assess the effect of neighbouring fluorinated groups on the transesterification reaction rate.
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Sébastien Lemouzy, Florian Cuminet, Dimitri Berne, Sylvain Caillol, Vincent Ladmiral, et al.. Understanding the reshaping of fluorinated polyester vitrimers by kinetic and DFT studies of the transesterification reaction. Chemistry - A European Journal, Wiley-VCH Verlag, In press, ⟨10.1002/chem.202201135⟩. ⟨hal-03689286⟩

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