Mapping photolysis product radical reactivities via soft ionization mass spectrometry in acrylate, methacrylate, and itaconate systems

Szablan, Z., Junkers, T., Koo, S. P. S., Lovestead, T. M., Davis, T. P., Stenzel, M. H., & Barner-Kowollik, C. (2007) Mapping photolysis product radical reactivities via soft ionization mass spectrometry in acrylate, methacrylate, and itaconate systems. Macromolecules, 40(19).

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Electrospray ionization-quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) was utilized to access the polymeric product spectrum generated by the pulsed laser polymerization (PLP) of methyl acrylate (MA) at -35 °C in the presence of the photoinitiators 2,2-dimethoxy-2-phenylacetophenone (DMPA), benzoin, benzoin ethyl ether (BEE), and bis(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phenylphosphinoxide (Irgacure 819) to study the reactivity of primary and potential secondary derived radical fragments from photolytically induced fragmentation. Similarly, the polymeric products generated from the PLP of dimethyl itaconate (DMI) at 0 °C using the aforementioned photoinitiators as well as benzil and 2,2′- azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) were studied using ESL-MS. The PLP products of methyl methacrylate (MMA) initiated with Irgacure 819 at -25 °C were also examined: Polymerization systems utilizing Irgacure 819 give complex product spectra due to the formation of second generation radical species resulting in several initiator fragments incorporated into a single polymer chain. Termination products, both combination and disproportionation, were identified with high accuracy. The reactivity of the various derived radical fragments toward the monomers employed is summarized for the current and a previous study in tabular form. Energy deposition into the MA/photoinitiator systems is found to have no influence on the product distributions of the MA polymers produced via photoinitiation under the conditions examined. For various photoinitiators employed, products congruent to that of chain transfer to monomer species in the DMI photopolymerizations are observed, conclusively illustrating that chain transfer to monomer is a significant reaction pathway in itaconate free radical polymerizations. © 2007 American Chemical Society.

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Export Date: 5 September 2016
Correspondence Address: Barner-Kowollik, C.; Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia; email:
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Keywords: Electrospray ionization, Photolysis, Polyacrylates, Polymerization, Spectrum analysis, Itaconate systems, Methacrylates, Photoinitiators, Polymeric product spectrum, Mass spectrometry
DOI: 10.1021/ma070626a
ISSN: 00249297
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 04:48

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