Atom transfer radical polymerization of methylmethacrylate and styrene initiated by 3,5-bis(perfluorobenzyloxy)benzyl 2-bromopropanoate

Journal of Applied Polymer Science


Tuba Çakır Çanak, Mukaddes Selçukoğlu, Esin Hamuryudan, İ. Ersin Serhatlı


The synthesis of polymethylmethacrylate
(pMMA) and polystyrene (pSt) were realized with newly
synthesized initiator, 3,5-bis(perfluorobenzyloxy)benzyl
2-bromopropanoate (FBr) in the presence of copper
bromide (CuBr) and N,N,N0,N00,N00-pentamethyl-diethylenetriamine
(PMDETA) by using atom transfer radical
polymerization (ATRP). The perfluorinated aromatic group
containing initiator was prepared by esterification of
the (3,5-bis[(perfluorobenzyl)oxy]-phenyl alcohol. Both initiator
and polymers were characterized by 1H-NMR spectroscopy,
gel permeation chromatography, differential
scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis. The
ATRP was supported by an increase in the molecular
weight of the forming polymers and also by their monomodal
molecular weight distribution. Contact angle measurements
of water and ethylene glycol on films of synthesized
polymers indicated higher degree of hydrophobicity than
that of pure pMMA and pure pSt

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