Synthesis and properties of novel sulfonated arylene ether/fluorinated alkane copolymers

Kenji Miyatake, Kenichi Oyaizu, Eishun Tsuchida, Allan S. Hay*

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The polymerization of 2,3,5,6-tetraphenylhydroquinone (or 2,2′,3,3′,5,5′-hexaphenyl-4,4′-dihydroxybiphenyl) with α,ω-tetrahydroperfluoroalkanediol and decafluorobiphenyl was carried out to synthesize a series of copolymers III (Mw = 49 100-80 900). The copolymers III are composed of arylene ether (10-30 mol %) and fluorinated alkane (90-70 mol %) moieties. The reaction of III with chlorosulfonic acid gave sulfonated polymers IV, which are soluble in polar organic solvents and form flexible and transparent films by casting from solution. The polymers IV have glass transition temperatures of 109-155 °C and decomposition temperatures of ca. 300 °C. The hydrated polymers show protonic conductivity (3.4 × 10-3 S cm-1), which does not decrease at temperatures up to 170 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2065-2071
Number of pages7
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Mar 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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