Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 272, Issue 4, pp 427–432 | Cite as

The synthesis and characterization of monodisperse poly(acrylic acid) and poly(methacrylic acid)

  • A. Leon
  • B. Vincent
  • N. Cawdery
Original Contributions


A number of polyacrylic (PAA) and polymethacrylic (PMAA) acids have been synthesized by living anionic polymerization of the monomeric tert-butyl esters followed by subsequent hydrolysis of the corresponding polyesters. The necessary precautions were taken in order to assure good molecular weight control, as well as high yields in the polymerization reactions. The intermediate and final polymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and NMR-H1 spectrometry.

Key words

Poly(acrylic acid) poly(methacrylic acid) monodisperse polyelectrolytes anionic polymerization 


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© Steinkopff-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Leon
    • 1
  • B. Vincent
    • 2
  • N. Cawdery
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de QuimicaUniversidad de Santiagao de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.School of Chemistry, Cantock's CloseUniversity of BristolBristolU.K.

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