Selection of Ionic Liquids for Free Radical Polymerization Processes

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  • Veronika Strehmel

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    1. University of Potsdam, Institute of Chemistry, Applied Polymer Chemistry, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
    • University of Potsdam, Institute of Chemistry, Applied Polymer Chemistry, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany. Fax: (+49)331 9775036
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Abstract

Summary: Ionic liquids are efficient solvents for free radical homo- and copolymerization. Important parameters for selection of ionic liquids are their liquidus range, their viscosity, and their polarity. Viscosity of ionic liquids strongly influences the degree of polymerization of homopolymers. Micropolarity of ionic liquids can be used to explain differences in the composition of copolymers made on the basis of a relatively nonpolar methacrylate and a highly polar zwitterionic methacrylate.

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