Atom transfer radical polymerization using poly(vinylidene fluoride) as macroinitiator

Sebnem Inceoglu, Solar C. Olugebefola, Metin H. Acar*, Anne M. Mayes

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Graft copolymers of poly(vinylidene fluoride) with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PVDF-g-PMMA) and poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (PVDF-g-POEM) were synthesized by the "grafting from" method, using polyvinylidene fluoride as macroinitiator for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The effects of polymerization temperature, reaction time and ATRP ligand were investigated. Products were characterized by gel-permeation chromatography (GPC), 1H-NMR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Linear ln([M]0/[M]) vs. time and molecular weight vs. conversion plots confirm the living nature of the graft copolymerization. AFM on PVDF-g-POEM revealed a microphase-separated morphology characteristic of graft copolymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-189
Number of pages9
JournalDesigned Monomers and Polymers
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkyl fluoride
  • Amphiphilic graft copolymer
  • ATRP
  • Macroinitiator


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