The influence of pendant carboxylic acid loading on surfaces of statistical poly(4-hydroxystyrene)-co-styrene)s

Anders Egede Daugaard, Søren Hvilsted

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Copolymers 9f 4-tert-butoxystyrene (tB5) and styrene (5) have been prepared by free radical copolymerization and the copolymer ratios of TtBS == 0.97 and Ts == 1.12 have been determined by the Kelen-Tiidos method. After deprotection to 4-hydroxystyrene, alkynes were introduced by a Williamson ether synthesis with propargyl bromide and the copolymers were functionalized with pendant aliphatic or aromatic carboxylic acids by click chemistry. Differential scanning calorimetry of the copolymers demonstrates the large influence on Tg ofthe different functional groups and the backbone composition. In particular, aliphatic and aromatic pendant groups differ by 92°C in Tg• Contact angle measurements onspin coated films have shown a maximum effect of the functional groups in the advancing contact angle at a 75/100 copolymer loading. In addition to this, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows the presence of acid groups on the surface.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1119-1125
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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