Fine-tuning of thermal dissociation temperature using copolymers with hemiacetal ester moieties in the side chain: Effect of comonomer on dissociation temperature

Hideyuki Otsuka, Hirotada Fujiwara, Takeshi Endo

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Synthesis of polymers with hemiacetal ester moieties in the side chain by radical copolymerization of 1-alkoxyethyl methacrylate with various vinyl monomers and their thermal dissociation behavior are described. Radical copolymerization of 1-alkoxyethyl methacrylates with vinyl monomers was carried out in the presence of 2,2′-azoisobutyronitrile at 60 °C to afford the corresponding copolymers with hemiacetal ester moieties in the side chain. The thermal dissociation behavior of the obtained copolymers was examined by means of TG-DTA measurements to observe that the dissociation temperatures of hemiacetal ester units depended on their comonomer components. The polarity of the comonomers and the ability to form hydrogen-bonding were key forces to control their thermal dissociation behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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