Thermosensitive copolymers having soluble and insoluble monomer units, poly (N-vinylacetamide-co-methyl acrylate)s: Effect of additives on their lower critical solution temperatures

Takeshi Mori, Yasuhisa Fukuda, Hirokazu Okamura, Keiji Minagawa, Seizo Masuda, Masami Tanaka

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Abstract

New thermosensitive polymers were synthesized by copolymerization between N-vinylacetamide (NVA) and methyl acrylate whose homopolymers are soluble and insoluble in water, respectively. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the obtained copolymers ranged between 59 and 83°C, and the LCST increased with an increasing NVA content in the copolymers. The effectiveness of various salts addition on lowering the LCST of the copolymer solutions followed Hoffmeister series. NaCl and Na2SO4 addition linearly lowered the LCST with an increasing salts concentration, and slopes of the lines were almost constant regardless of the copolymer composition. The effectiveness of alcohols with various alkyl chain lengths on lowering the LOST did not follow the viscosity B coefficient values of the alcohols, which was probably the result of preferential adsorption of the alcohols to the copolymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2651-2658
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume42
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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