Effect of alkyl substituents structures and added ions on the phase transition of poly(methyl 2-alkylamidoacrylate)s

Takeshi Mori, Isao Fukushima, Keiji Minagawa, Masami Tanaka

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The effects of structure alteration of alkyl groups and addition of ions to solutions of new thermosensitive polymer series of poly(methyl 2-alkylamidoacrylate)s were investigated. Poly(methyl 2-propionamidoacrylate) (PMPA) and poly(methyl 2-isobutyracrylate) (PMIBA) were thermosensitive polymers, and poly(methyl 2-acetamidoacrylate) and poly(methyl 2-n-butyramidoacrylate) were completely water-soluble and -insoluble, respectively. The PMIBA solution showed endotherm during the phase transition, while endotherm was not detected for PMPA. The difference between the two polymers should result from the size of the hydrophobic groups. MPA gel was prepared by copolymerization with N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide) and temperature-induced volume change of the gel was continuous. The salting-out effect of inorganic ions on PMPA solution and MPA gel followed the Hofmeister series. The inorganic (I - and SCN -) and organic ions ( nPr 4N + and nBu 4N +) which showed the salting-in effect were indicated to directly interact with PMPA chains. These ions widened the temperature range of the phase transition of the PMPA solutions. This reduced cooperativity of the phase transition would be caused by size decrease of cooperative domains which resulted from the interaction of the ions with the polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: May 25 2005May 27 2005


Other54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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