Polymerizations with Elemental Sulfur: From Petroleum Refining to Polymeric Materials

Taeheon Lee, Philip T. Dirlam, Jon T. Njardarson, Richard S Glass, Jeffrey Pyun

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 12 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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