Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 671–676 | Cite as

Cyclopolymerization of cinnamate ester derivatives of alkyl α-(hydroxymethyl) acrylates

  • Duygu Avci
  • Lon J. Mathias


Three new monomers for cyclopolymerization were synthesized using phase transfer catalysis of ethyl α-(chloromethyl) acrylate (ECMA), t-butyl α-(bromomethyl) acrylate (TBBMA) and isobornyl α-(bromomethyl)acrylate (IBBMA) with cinnamic acid sodium salt. Bulk and solution polymerization at 70–80°C using AIBN gave soluble cyclopolymers with Mn=13650 and Mw=36540 for the ethyl ester, Mn=47700 and Mw=86900 for the t-butyl ester and Mn=3500 and Mw=4650 for the isobornyl ester monomer. The ester polymerizabilities decreased with increasing substituent bulkiness. FTIR spectra showed ca 30 to 93% cyclic units depending on the concentration of the monomer used in polymerizations. DSC thermograms showed that alkyl group size had little effect on Tg's, with values of 151°C, 156°C, and 164°C for the ethyl, t-butyl and isobornyl esters, respectively.


Acrylate Ethyl Ester AIBN Cinnamic Acid Sodium Salt 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duygu Avci
    • 1
  • Lon J. Mathias
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryBogazici UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Polymer ScienceUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

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