A kinetic study of atom transfer radical polymerization of styrene with bis(2-pyridyl)ethylenedimethanimine derivative ligands

Arslan H., Kucuk Y., Mentes A., Acar M. H.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol.37, no.5, pp.824-831, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/kim-1302-64
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.824-831
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene was carried out with multidentate nitrogen-based ligands, namely N,N'-bis[phenyl(pyrid-2-yl) methylene]ethane-1,2-diamine (BPDA) and N, N'-bis[methyl(pyrid-2-yl) methylene]ethane-1,2-diamine (BMDA), and catalyst systems at catalyst/ligand molar ratios of 1/0.33, 1/0.5, 1/1, and 1/1.5 by using 2 different initiators, (1-bromoethyl) benzene (BEB) and ethyl-2-bromopropionate (EBP). Linear first-order kinetic plots were observed for ATRP of styrene upon using BPDA as a ligand with both initiators. Even though the linear slopes indicate that radical concentration remains constant during reactions, high molecular weights were obtained at low conversion and showed a linear relation thereafter. To investigate the molecular weight effect, reactions were also performed in the presence of (1-bromoethyl) benzene initiator in dimethylformamide (DMF) for BPDA and in toluene for BMDA using a catalyst/ligand ratio of 1/1.