Synthesis and properties of poly(arylene ether)s bearing sulfonic acid groups on pendant phenyl rings

Kenji Miyatake, Allan S. Hay

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Abstract

Two kinds of new aromatic poly(arylene ether)s containing sulfonic acid groups were synthesized. Polymer 1 composed of tetraphenylphenylene ether and perfluorobiphenylene units was sulfonated with chlorosulfonic acid. Sulfonation took place only at the para position of the pendant phenyl rings. The average degree of sulfonation per repeating unit (m) was controlled from 1 to 4. Sulfonated polymer 2 with m = 3 was soluble in methanol and dimethyl sulfoxide and swelled in water. Incorporating bis(3,5-dimethylphenyl)sulfone moieties into the sulfonated polymer imparts less methanol affinity. Polymers 4 with 30-65 mol% tetrakis(sulfophenyl)phenylene ether units has high decomposition temperatures above 300°C, hydrophilicity, and good hydrolytic stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3211-3217
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume39
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Functionalization of polymers
  • Ion-exchange membranes
  • Ionomers
  • Poly(arylene ether)
  • Polycondensation
  • Sulfonation
  • Sulfonic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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