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Eric Fossum (Advisor), Daniel Ketcha (Committee Member), Kenneth Turnbull (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The synthesis of poly(arylene ether sulfone)s, with a pendant aryl iodide, was achieved via nucleophilic aromatic substitution (NAS) polycondensation of 3-iodo-3',5'-difluoro-diphenylsulfone (2) with Bisphenol-A. Monomer 2 was prepared by the reaction of 3, 5-difluorodiphenylsulfone with N-iodosuccinimide (NIS). Model reactions indicated that the iodo group was stable to NAS conditions. Both GC/MS analysis and NMR spectroscopy indicated quantitative displacement of the two fluorine atoms while the iodo group remained untouched. Furthermore, the modification of the iodo polymer was achieved via Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction with phenyl, naphthyl, and phenylacetyl boronic acids. The thermal properties of the polymers were evaluated via DSC and TGA. The iodo polymer possessed a glass transition temperature, Tg, of 144 °C while the corresponding phenyl derivative displayed a slight decrease in Tg to 131 °C. The much bulkier naphthyl derivative provided a higher Tg of 150 °C. The more polar acetyl derivative showed a much higher Tg of 165 °C. All the polymers exhibited high Td-5% values between 400 °C and 500 °C. Moreover, conversion of the iodo moiety to an azide group was achieved by using sodium azide in a straightforward manner with the structure being confirmed by IR and NMR spectroscopies. In addition, the iodo group was replaced with a phenyl group, at the monomer stage, in order to prove that the system not only could be functionalized via "post" but also "pre" modification processes.

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Department of Chemistry

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