• copolymerization;
  • functionalization of polymers;
  • gel permeation chromatography;
  • MALDI;
  • NMR;
  • SEC-viscometry;
  • sulfonated polyethersulfones;
  • poly(ether sulfones)


The present article deals with the synthesis and characterization of some sulfonated copolyethersulfones. The synthetic approach differs from the post sulfonation approach traditionally reported in the literature. The synthetic procedure is based on the use of sulfonated monomers which are then reacted with previously synthesized telechelic hydoxy-ended poly (ether sulpnone)s. Combining the MALDI-TOF MS and 1H NMR analyses, with SEC-Viscometry and TGA measurements, we demonstrate a powerful tool for characterizing the chemical composition, end chains, degree of sulfonation (DS) and molecular mass distribution (MMD) of disulfonated poly(arylene ether-sulfone) copolymers. The characterization techniques allowed to determine the exact nature of the copolymers synthesized and to reveal some interesting features about the reaction. DMA data show that the glass transition temperature of sulfonated copolymers with similar DS increase as raise their MMD. Copolymers with a DS of 10–11 mol % reach a Tg of 244–246 °C. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 48: 3010–3023, 2010