Electronic structure evidence for all-trans poly(methylvinylidene cyanide)

Jie Xiao, Matt Poulsen, D. Sahadeva Reddy, J. M. Takacs, Y. B. Losovyj, P. A. Dowben

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On the basis of a comparison of theoretical quantum calculations, by both semiempirical and ab initio methods, with photoemission and inverse photoemission results, we suggest that polymethylvinylidenecyanide (PMVC) adopts an all-trans conformation with few, if any, alternating trans-gauche carbon-carbon bond arrangements. The comparison of theory with the available photoemission and inverse photoemission excludes the presence of a significant fraction of gauche bonds in the polymer chains, indicative of the all-trans conformation, with dipoles all aligned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1649-1654
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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