How do you polymerize butanol and what is the polymer that is produced by this reaction?

1 Answer
Jan 25, 2016

Butanol cannot be polymerized; even if you converted it into butene, you'd still have problems.


Polyesters are formed from #alpha,omega#-diacids, and #alpha,omega#-dialcohols; polyamides from #alpha,omega#-diacids, and #alpha,omega#-diamines. You need a functional group on EACH end of the molecule in order to propagate a long organic chain.

Butene itself would be difficult to polymerize to give a poly-olefin. While polyethylene is relatively easy to make, incorporation of higher olefins into the chain has always been problematic; undoubtedly this reflects the increased steric demand of the longer chain olefin.