In situ synthesis of A3-type star polymer/clay nanocomposites by atom transfer radical polymerization

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  • Muhammed Aydin,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Mehmet Atilla Tasdelen,

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey
    2. Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yalova University, Yalova, Turkey
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  • Tamer Uyar,

    1. UNAM-Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
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  • Yusuf Yagci

    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey
    2. King Abdulaziz University, Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research (CEAMR) and Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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ABSTRACT

A series of A3-type star poly(methylmethacrylate)/clay nanocomposites is prepared by in situ atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiated from organomodified montmorillonite containing quaternary trifunctional ATRP initiator. The first order kinetic plot shows a linear behavior, indicating the controlled character of the polymerization. The resulting nanocomposites are characterized by spectroscopic (XRD), thermal (DSC and TGA), and microscopic (TEM) analyses. The exfoliated nanocomposite has been obtained when polymerization was conducted with 1% of organic clay loading. Thermal analyses show that all nanocomposites have higher glass transition values and thermal stabilities compared to neat polymer. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2013, 51, 5257–5262

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