Chinese Journal of Polymer Science

, Volume 34, Issue 8, pp 981–990 | Cite as

A facile and highly efficient protocol for synthesis of poly(ether sulfone)s in ionic liquid/zwitterion

  • Jing Wang
  • Ying Wu (武英)Email author
  • Zheng-ping Liu (刘正平)Email author


A benign approach for efficient preparation of poly(ether sulfone) (PES) (η inh = 0.10−0.31 dL⋅g−1) has been presented by using ionic liquid (IL)/zwitterion (ZI) as reaction medium. It has been found that the interaction between 4,4′-dihydroxydiphenylsulfone (Bisphenol-S) and ZI at elevated temperatures results in efficient reduction of dehydration time, which is confirmed by TGA curves, melting point of the mixture and FTIR spectra. Furthermore, no agglomeration is observed at dehydration stage, which is attributed to the high solubility of Bisphenol-S dipotassium salt in IL/ZI. This also makes the polymerization temperature (150 °C) much lower than a conventional method (220−300 °C). In order to demonstrate the efficiency of IL/ZI as reaction medium, the polymerization was also performed in sulfolane under the same reaction condition as that in IL/ZI.


Poly(ether sulfone) Benign synthesis Ionic liquid Zwitterion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics of College of Chemistry, BNU Key Lab of Environmentally Friendly and Functional Polymer Materials, Beijing Key Laboratory of Energy Conversion and Storage MaterialsBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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