Synthesis and Physical Properties of Highly Branched Perfluorinated Polymers from AB and AB2 Monomers

Matthew J. Quast, Aaron D. Argall, Cassandra J. Hager, Anja Mueller

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Highly branched perfluorinated aromatic polyether copolymers were prepared from the polycondensation of the AB2 monomer, 3,5-bis[(pentafluorobenzyl)oxy]benzyl alcohol with a variety of fluoroaryl and alkyl bromide AB comonomers. The structures and comonomer distribution of the resulting polymers were characterized in detail. 1H NMR data from kinetic trials illustrated that perfluoroaryl AB comonomer distribution correlated to AB comonomer sterics. 19F NMR data revealed that fluorinated AB monomers and 3-bromo-1-propanol AB monomers were distributed within the AB2 polymer backbone, while longer alkyl bromide AB monomers, 6-bromo-1-hexanol, were mostly distributed along hyperbranched polymer chain ends. In general, as AB comonomer incorporation increased for nonsterically hindered copolymers, thermal decomposition onset increased and glass transition temperatures decreased. The combined data demonstrated the effect of comonomer distribution and sterics on physical properties of AB2-based polymer systems. The resulting materials were used to cast thin polymer films for measurement of contact angle, which were shown to be directly related to comonomer content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1880-1894
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2015


  • films
  • fluoropolymers
  • glass transition
  • hyperbranched
  • membranes
  • thermal properties


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