Copolymerization of acrylic esters with ethyl α-cyanocinnamate


  • This paper is taken in part from a dissertation submitted by Mose M. Angelovici to the Department of Chemistry, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, in November 1984, in Partial fulfillment of the degree of M.Sc.


The copolymers of ethyl α-cyanocinnamate with methyl, ethyl, and butyl acrylate were prepared in toluene solution with benzoyl peroxide as initiator. The copolymerization parameters were determined and the alfrey–Price Q and e values were calculated. The influence of the comonomer on some of the basic properties of the copolymers, like intrinsic viscosity, solubility, and glass transition temperature, was studied in comparison with the corresponding homopolyacrylates.