Synthesis and MS Characterization of α, ω-Dicarboxyl Terminated Oligo (butyl Methacrylate)

Ping Gui Liu, Li Hua He, Wen Zhang Chen, Jun Neng Liu, He Yan Ding, Shao Xiang Xiong, Xiao Su Yi

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A novel method combining a conventional free-radical solution polymerization with a chemical saponification was used to synthesize α, ω-dicarboxyl terminated oligo (butyl methacrylate) s (di-CTBMA) with molecular weight below 1500. Here, ω-carboxyl terminated oligo (butyl methacrylate) s (CTBMA) were firstly synthesized by the free-radical polymerization in THF, where 4,4′-azobis(4-cyanovaleric acid) was used as initiator, thioglycolic acid as chain transfer agent, then CTBMA were transformed into di-CTBMA via saponifying CTBMA in dioxane/H2O/KOH solution. The influences of important reaction parameters, such as the type of organic solvent, react time on the structures of the saponified substances were monitored by determination of functionality f via acid-base titration, MALDI-TOF-MS and LSIMS analysis. It shows that di-CTBMA with the functionality of about 2 could be obtained under a certain reaction parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1380-1386
Number of pages7
JournalChinese Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Free-radical polymerization
  • MS characterization
  • Oligo(butyl methacrylate)
  • Saponification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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