Polymerizations with Elemental Sulfur: From Petroleum Refining to Polymeric Materials
Journal of the American Chemical Society
The production of elemental sulfur from petroleum refining has created a technological opportunity to increase the valorization of elemental sulfur by the synthesis of high-performance sulfur-based plastics with improved optical, electrochemical, and mechanical properties aimed at applications in thermal imaging, energy storage, self-healable materials, and separation science. In this Perspective, we discuss efforts in the past decade that have revived this area of organosulfur and polymer chemistry to afford a new class of high-sulfur-content polymers prepared from the polymerization of liquid sulfur with unsaturated monomers, termed inverse vulcanization.
National Science Foundation
Taeheon Lee, Philip T. Dirlam, Jon T. Njardarson, Richard S. Glass, and Jeffrey Pyun. "Polymerizations with Elemental Sulfur: From Petroleum Refining to Polymeric Materials" Journal of the American Chemical Society (2022): 5-22. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.1c09329