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Kinetics of radical copolymerization of [1-(fluoromethyl)vinyl]benzene with chlorotrifluoroethylene

Kostov, G., Tredwell, Matthew ORCID:, Gouverneur, V. and Ameduri, B. 2007. Kinetics of radical copolymerization of [1-(fluoromethyl)vinyl]benzene with chlorotrifluoroethylene. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 45 (17) , pp. 3843-3850. 10.1002/pola.22134

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The synthesis of [1‐(fluoromethyl)vinyl]benzene (or α‐(fluoromethyl)styrene, FMB) and its radical copolymerization with chlorotrifluorethylene (CTFE), initiated by tert‐butyl peroxypivalate (TBPPi) are presented. The allyl monomer [H2C = C(CH2F)C6H5] was obtained by electrophilic fluorodesilylation of trimethyl(2‐phenylprop‐2‐en‐1‐yl)silane in 93% yield. A series of seven copolymerization reactions were carried out starting from initial [CTFE]0/([FMB]0 + [CTFE]0) molar ratios ranging from 19.6 to 90.0 mol %. The molar compositions of the obtained poly(CTFE‐co‐FMB) copolymers were assessed by means of 19F nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Statistic copolymers were produced with molar masses ranging between 13,800 and 25,600 g/mol. From the Kelen and Tudos method, the kinetics of the copolymerization led to the determination of the reactivity ratios, ri, of both comonomers (rCTFE = 0.4 ± 0.2 and rFMB = 3.7 ± 1.8 at 74 °C) showing that FMB is more reactive than CTFE as well as other halogenated or nonhalogenated monomers involved in the radical copolymerization with CTFE.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0887-624X
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2022 12:12

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