English Abstract
Overview of Living Cationic Polymerization.
Part 1: The Journey to Living Cationic Polymerization

Shokyoku KANAOKA
Sadahito AOSHIMA
Department of Macromolecular Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Japan
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2009),82(6),272-277 General Review in Japanese

This special lecture, divided into three parts, provides a general overview of living cationic polymerization of vinyl monomers including vinyl ethers, isobutene, and styrenes. The first installment of a three-part series highlights critical researches in the gpre-livingh era on controlled initiation, selective chain transfer (oligomerization), and polymerization by long-lived species. The first two major breakthroughs are also described briefly in the last section of this article.

Cationic Polymerization, Living Polymerization, Vinyl Ether, Isobutene, Styrene, Styrene Derivative, Lewis Acid