4-Vinylpyridine acts as a co-monomer in styrene-butadiene polymers to promote adhesion between the rubber compound and supporting fibers (or cords) in tires, belts and hoses. It serves as an intermediate for manufacturing chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Further, it is used as a reagent for the modification of cysteine. In addition to this, it is used to make poly(4-vinylpyridine) and elastomers.
In the presence of NaOEt, thiols are protected as their S-2-(4-pyridyl)ethyl thioethers: J. Org. Chem., 51, 4914 (1986). Cleavage can be effected by methylation-hydrolysis: Tetrahedron Lett ., 25, 1223 (1984). Compare also 4-(2-Hydroxyethyl)pyridine, L13780.
Hofman, A. H.; van Ekenstein, G. O. R. A.; Woortman, A. J.; ten Brinke, G.; Loos, K. Poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(N-acryloylpiperidine) diblock copolymers: synthesis, self-assembly and interaction. Polym. Chem. 2015, 6 (39), 7015-7026.
Grochowicz, M.; Szajnecki, Ł.; Gawdzik, B. 4-Vinylpyridine-Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate Composite Polymer Particles and Their Application as Adsorbents. Adsorpt. Sci. Technol. 2015, 33 (6-8), 609-616.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H226-H301-H332-H314-H318-H334-H317
Flammable liquid and vapour. Toxic if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage. May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled. May cause an allergic skin reaction.
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