Synthesis of new polyelectrolytes via backbone quaternization of poly(aryloxy- and alkoxyphosphazenes) and their small molecule counterparts

Chen Chen, Andrew R. Hess, Adam R. Jones, Xiao Liu, Greg D. Barber, Thomas E. Mallouk, Harry R. Allcock

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Novel polyelectrolytes were synthesized by quaternization of the backbone of poly(alkoxy- and aryloxyphosphazenes) with strong alkylation reagents. As models for the synthesis of these polymers, similar quaternization reactions were also carried out on small-molecule alkoxy and aryloxy cyclotriphosphazenes. The quaternized small molecules and high polymers were characterized by 1H NMR, 31P NMR, DSC, TGA, and AC impedance studies. The quaternized poly(alkoxyphosphazenes) showed ionic conductivities of 2.58 × 10 -4 S•cm -1 at 25 °C and 2.09 × 10 -3 S•cm -1 at 80 °C, which are among the highest values for known solvent-free ionically conducting polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1182-1189
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 14 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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