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David Dolson (Committee Member), Eric Fossum (Advisor), Joseph F. Thomas, Jr. (Other), Kenneth Turnbull (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The synthesis and characterization of hyperbranched poly(arylene ether)s with tailored degrees of branching has been explored via an A2+B3 approach. The reactivity of the individual electrophilic sites towards nucleophilic aromatic substitution, NAS, of the BB'B" monomers 4, 3', 5'-trifluorophenyl sulfone, 1 and 4, 3', 5'-trifluoro benzophenone, 2 were studied. The concentration, temperature and solvent conditions had an effect on the degree of branching, DB, in 1 and 2 and were probed via 13C and 19F NMR spectroscopy as well as a series of model reactions employing p-cresol 16, which acts as the nucleophile. Soluble, branched, poly (arylene ether)s, with controlled degrees of branching were prepared by performing the polycondensation reactions at higher temperatures with 1 leading to relatively higher DB values than 2. The glass transition, Tg and thermal stability of the soluble polymers increased as the degree of branching increased. Tg ranged from 126 °C to 177 °C, while 5% weight loss temperatures ranged from 372 °C to 514 °C under nitrogen and from 229 °C to 510 °C in air.

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Department of Chemistry

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Chemistry Commons