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Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 291, Issue 5, pp 1171–1180 | Cite as

Thiol-terminated hydroxy-functional polymer as a transtab toward polymer latex particles

  • Syuji FujiiEmail author
  • Shinji Yamashita
  • Yuichi Kakigi
  • Kodai Aono
  • Sho Hamasaki
  • Shin-ichi Yusa
  • Yoshinobu Nakamura
Original Contribution

Abstract

Hydroxy-functional macrodisulfides have been synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate or 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate in 2-propanol. Mean degrees of polymerization of the polymer chains beside the disulfide were fixed at 30, 60, and 90; since ATRP has reasonably good living character, the molecular weight distribution is relatively narrow. Furthermore, the macrodisulfides were reduced to synthesize corresponding thiol-terminated polymers with relatively narrow molecular weight distributions. 1H nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography were used to characterize the macrodisulfides and thiol-terminated polymers in terms of their chemical structure, molecular weight, and polydispersity, respectively. Dispersion polymerizations of styrene using the thiol-terminated hydroxy-functional polymers as a transtab (chain transfer agent + colloidal stabilizer) in ethanol resulted in colloidally stable submicrometer-sized polystyrene latex particles. Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and elemental microanalysis were used to characterize the particles in terms of their morphologies, particle sizes and their distributions, and chemical compositions.

Keywords

Hydroxy-functional polymers Macrodisulfides Thiol group Latex particles Dispersion polymerization 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Molecular Soft-Interface Science” from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syuji Fujii
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shinji Yamashita
    • 1
  • Yuichi Kakigi
    • 1
  • Kodai Aono
    • 1
  • Sho Hamasaki
    • 1
  • Shin-ichi Yusa
    • 2
  • Yoshinobu Nakamura
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of EngineeringOsaka Institute of TechnologyOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of EngineeringUniversity of HyogoHimejiJapan
  3. 3.Nanomaterials Microdevices Research CenterOsaka Institute of TechnologyOsakaJapan

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