Ionic polymer gels with the ability to absorb several hundreds times as much water as their dry weights have been used as 'super-absorbent polymers' in wide range of biomedical and agricultural applications. However, in the low dielectric media (ε < 10), common ions form tightly bound ion-pairs or multiplet aggregates, and incompatibilities between the polymer chain and the solvents greatly diminish the swelling power. Here we report development of a new class of ionic polymer gels having lipophilic ion-pairs that consist of a lipophilic tetraphenylborate anion and a quaternary ammonium cation with long alkyl chains. They swelled largely in the less polar solvents such as tetrahydrofuran and chloroform as 'super-absorbent' ionic polymer gels.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2006|
|Event||55th Society of Polymer Science Japan Symposium on Macromolecules - Toyama, Japan|
Duration: Sep 20 2006 → Sep 22 2006
|Other||55th Society of Polymer Science Japan Symposium on Macromolecules|
|Period||9/20/06 → 9/22/06|
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