Density functional calculations with simulated annealing have been used to study the reactions of chains of bisphenol A polycarbonate (BPA-PC) with sodium phenoxide (NaOPh), diphenyl carbonate (DPC), and tetraphenylphosphonium phenoxide (PPh4OPh). These calculations extend our work on the reactions of LiOPh, NaOPh, and phenol with the cyclic tetramer of BPA-PC. We study, in particular, chain growth catalyzed by NaOPh and PPh4OH. The energy barriers for reactions with PPh4OPh are somewhat larger than those involving LiOPh and NaOPh, but they are significantly lower than those involving phenol (HOPh), due in part to the collective rearrangement of phenyl groups in the reacting molecules. We discuss in the Appendix the bonds between alkali metal atoms (Na in the present calculations) and other atoms (here oxygen) that are analogous to the more familiar "hydrogen bonds".
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry A|
|Publication status||Published - 05 Apr 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry