Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 55, Issue 11, pp 4701–4716 | Cite as

Synthesis of a small molecular polydentate polymer IHP-MP and its application to cement or graphene oxide dispersion via strong interactions between adsorption groups and interfaces

  • Jianfeng Ma
  • Hongxia Zhao
  • Yazhuo ShangEmail author
  • Changjun Peng
  • Honglai Liu
  • Shuzhen ZhengEmail author
  • Tao Wang
  • Shuai Qi
  • Qianping RanEmail author
Composites & nanocomposites


The presence of a highly alkaline environment or large amounts of Ca2+ in concrete exerts a great influence on the dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) particles. Therefore, the development of a highly efficient GO dispersant to adapt to complex concrete environments is important. In this work, novel phosphate-modified small molecular polydentate polymers were synthesized and used as efficient dispersants for cement and high-concentration GO solutions. The chemical structure of the polymers was confirmed by 1H NMR and IR spectroscopy, and the effect of adsorption groups on the adsorption ability of polymers was studied by using adsorption experiments and theoretical calculations. Results showed that the dispersant inositol hexaphosphate–methoxy polyether (IHP-MP) features a high adsorption equilibrium constant and strong adsorption ability. IHP-MP exhibited not only good water-reducing and slump-retaining properties but also remarkable cement hydration-retarding effects due to its numerous phosphate groups. IHP-MP could be used as an auxiliary GO dispersant with the comb polymer PCE to effectively reduce the viscosity and improve the stability of GO solutions. SEM, TGA and IR characterization indicated that IHP-MP strongly interacts with the surface groups of GO particles.

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We are grateful to the financial support from the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (51825203), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21476072, 21705067) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

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The authors declare that no competing financial interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, School of Chemistry and Molecular EngineeringEast China University of Science and TechnologyShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringLinyi UniversityLinyiPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of High Performance Civil Engineering MaterialsJiangsu Sobute New Materials Co. LtdNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.School of Material Science and EngineeringSoutheast UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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