Synthesis of poly(vinylimidazole-co-fluoropentyl methacrylate) and oxygen-binding properties of its complex with cobaltporphyrin

Baoqing Shentu*, Zhixue Weng, Hiroyuki Nishide

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Synthesis and characteristics of poly (fluoropentyl methacrylate-co-vinylimidazole) (FIm), and oxygen-binding properties of its complex with meso-α, α, α, α-tetrakis (o-pivalamidophenyl) porphyrinato cobalt (II) (CoP) were studied. FIm was prepared by radical copolymerization of octafluoropentyl methacrylate with 1-vinylimdazole using azobis(isobutyronitrile) as the initiator. The vinylimidazole content and molecular weight of the FIm copolymer were determined to be 25 mol% and 5.0 × 104 by elemental analysis and GPC, respectively. FIm and CoP in solution were mixed to complex the imidazolyl residue of the copolymer with the fifth coordination site of CoP under nitrogen atmosphere to yield both an active and homogenous dispersed CoP for oxygen-binding. Oxygen-binding to the CoP-FIm complex was measured spectroscopically with a UV spectrophotometer. The CoP-FIm complex displayed a reversible change in the visible absorption spectrum from the deoxy form to the oxy or oxygen-binding one with an isosbestic point, in response to the partial oxygen pressure of the atmosphere. The oxygen-binding equilibrium curves obeyed a Langmuir isotherm, to give the oxygen-binding affinity p50 (oxygen partial pressure at which half of the CoP binds with oxygen). Solvent has great effect on the oxygen-binding properties of the complex. The oxygen-binding affinity of the CoP-FIm complex in tetrahydrofuran was larger than that in N, N-dimethyl formamide solution. It is assumed that a N, N-dimethyl formamide molecule weakly coordinated to the sixth site (oxygen-binding site) of CoP to reduce the oxygen-binding affinity. On the other hand, the oxygen-binding site of the CoP complex could be maintained vacant in tetrahydrofuran before the oxygen-binding. The binding and dissociation rate constants of oxygen to and from the CoP (kon and koff, respectively) for the CoP-FIm solution were large, which indicates a very rapid and reversible oxygen-binding by CoP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalActa Polymerica Sinica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Cobaltporphyrin
  • Complex
  • Oxygen-binding
  • Poly(vinylimidazole-co-fluoropentyl methacrylate)
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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