Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 355–364 | Cite as

Synthesis and characterization of complexes between poly(itaconic acid) and poly(ethylene glycol)



Interpolymer complexes of poly(itaconic acid) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PIA/PEG) were prepared by two different procedures: simple mixing of preformed PIA and PEG and by polymerization of itaconic acid on poly(ethylene glycol) as a template. Complex formation was attributed to hydrogen bond formation between the carboxyl group of PIA and the ether group of PEG. The two types of complexes were characterized by viscometric measurements, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and adhesive force measurements. The results indicate that complexes prepared by template polymerization have a stronger hydrogen bonding and hence more ordered structure and better mucoadhesive properties.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyBelgrade UniversityBelgrade??

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