Influence of initiators on the growth of poly(ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate) nanofibers

Pratik J. Mankidy, Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, Henry C. Foley

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Abstract

The type of anionic initiator used to polymerize ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate was found to influence the morphology of the polymer formed via vapor phase polymerization. Depending upon the type of initiator, polymerization of ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate resulted in either the formation of neat polymer nanofibers (∼200 nm in diameter) or thin films. Based on the classification of anions using Hard Soft Acid Base principles, we found that harder anions favored polymer film formation while softer ones favored polymer nanofibers. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) were used to characterize the structure, morphology and molecular weight of the synthesized polymers, respectively. Finally, a mechanism of formation of different polymer morphologies is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2235-2242
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer
Volume49
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2008

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Nanofibers
Polymers
Anions
Negative ions
Polymerization
Gel permeation chromatography
Polymer films
Infrared spectroscopy
Molecular weight
Vapors
ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate
Thin films
Scanning electron microscopy
Acids

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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Mankidy, Pratik J. ; Rajagopalan, Ramakrishnan ; Foley, Henry C. / Influence of initiators on the growth of poly(ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate) nanofibers. In: Polymer. 2008 ; Vol. 49, No. 9. pp. 2235-2242.
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Influence of initiators on the growth of poly(ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate) nanofibers. / Mankidy, Pratik J.; Rajagopalan, Ramakrishnan; Foley, Henry C.

In: Polymer, Vol. 49, No. 9, 29.04.2008, p. 2235-2242.

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