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William Feld (Advisor), Eric Fossum (Committee Member), Vladimir Katovic (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The reaction of 1,4-bis(2-tosyloxyethoxy)benzene or 1,4-bis(bromoethoxy)-benzene with 4-fluoro-4'-hydroxybenzophenone was carried out under a variety of conditions. Changes were made in solvent, reaction time, work-up and base. All attempts to generate a bis(fluorobenzophenone) monomer were unsuccessful. In some cases the presence of the half-product could be determined. In other cases, an elimination product was indicated. The ditosylate, 1,4-bis(2-tosyloxyethoxy)benzene was reacted with bisphenol-A, bisphenol-AF, bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)diphenylmethane and 9,9-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)fluorene in a dioxane - water solution in the presence of sodium hydroxide to produce four polymers. The polymers were characterized by thermal analysis (TGA) to reveal 5% weight loss temperatures of 338°, 350°, 365° and 377°, respectively. The increase in thermal stability, as judged by the 5% weight loss values, appears to be related to the aromatic content. The polymers exhibited reasonable solubility in a variety of solvents.

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Department of Chemistry

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