Problem: Most organic polymers are named based on the monomers used in their production. However, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) is not made from vinyl alcohol, but instead from vinyl acetate that is hydrolized after formation of the polymer. Why can't we use vinyl alcohol in this polymerization?

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  • Vinyl alcohol readily tautomerizes to acetalydehyde which will undergo self-aldol condensation
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Most organic polymers are named based on the monomers used in their production. However, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) is not made from vinyl alcohol, but instead from vinyl acetate that is hydrolized after formation of the polymer. Why can't we use vinyl alcohol in this polymerization?

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