Chapter 22. Production of Polyacrylic Acid Homo- and Copolymer Films by Electrochemically Induced Free-Radical Polymerization: Preparation and Swelling Behaviour

  1. Prof. Dr. Michael Buback2 and
  2. A. M. van Herk3
  1. Johanna Bünsow and
  2. Diethelm Johannsmann

Published Online: 31 MAY 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610860.ch22

Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 248

Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 248

How to Cite

Bünsow, J. and Johannsmann, D. (2007) Production of Polyacrylic Acid Homo- and Copolymer Films by Electrochemically Induced Free-Radical Polymerization: Preparation and Swelling Behaviour, in Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 248 (eds M. Buback and A. M. van Herk), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610860.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Institute of Physical Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Tammannstrasse 6, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany

  2. 3

    Laboratory for Polymer Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. Institute of Physical Chemistry, Clausthal University of Technology, Arnold-Sommerfeld-Strasse 4, D-38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAY 2007
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527320561

Online ISBN: 9783527610860

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Keywords:

  • radical polymerization;
  • kinetics;
  • mechanism;
  • polymer reaction engineering;
  • polymer materials;
  • polyacrylic acid homo- and copolymer films;
  • electrochemically initiated polymerization (EIP);
  • hydrogels;
  • polyelectrolytes;
  • stimuli-sensitive polymers;
  • surfaces

Summary

Films of polyacrylic acid hydrogels were produced on a conducting substrate by means of electrochemically initiated polymerization (EIP). An electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance was used to monitor film growth in situ. Homopolymer and copolymer films of polyacrylic acid and poly-N-isopropylacrylamide were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy. The degree of swelling of these films could be tuned via the pH.