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Eric Fossum, Ph.D. (Advisor); Daniel Ketcha, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Ioana Pavel, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The synthesis of poly(arylene ether)s, with a pendent aryl iodide, was achieved via nucleophilic aromatic substitution (NAS) polycondensation of DI-DFDPS monomer. The platform diiodo-difluorodiphenyl sulfone monomer, DFDPS-DI (3), was prepared in one-step, via EAS chemistry. Structural characterization was provided by NMR spectroscopy, GC/MS, and elemental analysis. As “pre” approach didn’t work here, so “post” approach was used to synthesize N-heterocycle functionalized copolymers. The DI-copolymers were subjected to copper-catalyzed C-N coupling reaction with carbazole, phenoxazine, and indole and the syntheses of chromophore based copolymer were successfully carried out. A series of PAEs containing carbazole, phenoxazine, and indole substituents were synthesized and characterized. The copolymers were characterized by a combination of NMR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy. DI-copolymers displayed had sufficient molecular weight (Mn) and thermal stability with 5% weight loss temperature (Tg) above 388 0C and glass transition temperature, Tg, value above 193 0C. Optical analyses provided that all modified copolymer materials emitted in the light blue region.

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Department of Chemistry

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