Synthesis and characterization of novel networks with nano-engineered structures: cross-linked star homopolymers

Vamvakaki, M., Hadjiyiannakou, S. C., Loizidou, Erika and Patrickios, C. S. (2001) Synthesis and characterization of novel networks with nano-engineered structures: cross-linked star homopolymers. Chemistry of Materials, 13 (12). pp. 4738-4744. ISSN 0897-4756

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Abstract

Group transfer polymerization was used for the one-pot preparation of a network structure comprising cross-linked star homopolymers. The structure contains many dangling chains (constituting the arms of the primary stars), whose number is approximately equal to the number of the elastic chains. 2-(Dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate were used as the monomer and cross-linker, respectively. The synthesis involved a four-step sequential addition of monomer/cross-linker/monomer/cross-linker, which produced linear polymer, “arm-first” star polymer, “in-out” star polymer, and cross-linked star polymer network, respectively. The products of the first three steps of the synthesis were characterized in terms of their relative molecular weights by gel permeation chromatography, and in terms of their absolute molecular weights by static light scattering, which indicated that the number of arms in the “arm-first” stars is about 50, whereas that in the “in-out” stars is about 100. Seven networks were prepared in total, covering a range of degrees of polymerization of the primary and the secondary arms. The degrees of swelling of all the networks were measured in water and were found to increase by lowering the pH, a result of the ionization of the tertiary amine group of the monomer repeat unit.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 14363
Depositing User: Erika Loizidou
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:32
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14363

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