Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The unexpected crystallinity of free radically polymerized poly(p-vinyltrifluoroacetophenone) (PVTFA) due to lateral order was previously found in this laboratory. To further the understanding of the relationship between chemical structure and crystalline order in polymers of the PVTFA type, polymers of similar structure were synthesized and characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). These polymers were poly(p-vinyldifluoroacetophenone) (PVDFA), poly(p-vinylphenylheptafluoropropyl ketone) (PVHFK), poly(p-vinylacetophenone) (PVA), and poly(p-vinylphenyltrifluoromethyl carbinol) (PVPTC). Only PVTFA had a crystalline melting temperature (188°C); 220-MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on the microstructure of PVTFA and PVDFA revealed broad peaks for the chain protons. The PVTFA was therefore assumed to be predominantly atactic. The results suggested that the unusual crystallinity of PVTFA was related to the unique size and interaction of the trifluoroacetyl moiety on the polymeric side chain.
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