Pulsed-laser polymerization-gel permeation chromatographic determination of the propagation-rate coefficient for the methyl acrylate dimer: A sterically hindered monomer

Kenta Tanaka, Bunichiro Yamada, Christopher M. Fellows, Robert G. Gilbert, Thomas P. Davis, Lachlan H. Yee, Gregory B. Smith, Mark T.L. Rees, Gregory T. Russell

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The methyl acrylate dimer (MAD) is a sterically hindered macromonomer, and the propagating radical can fragment to an unsaturated end group. The propagation-rate coefficient (kp) for MAD was obtained by pulsed-laser polymerization (PLP). The Mark-Houwink-Sakaruda parameters required for the analysis of the molecular weight distributions (MWDs) were obtained by multiple-detector gel permeation chromatography (GPC) with on-line viscometry. The small radical created by the fragmentation results in a short-chain polymer that means the MWD may no longer be given by that expected for "ideal" PLP conditions; simulations suggest that the degree of polymerization required for "ideal" PLP conditions can be obtained from the primary point of inflection provided the GPC traces also show a clear secondary inflection point (radicals terminated by the second, rather than the first, pulse subsequent to initiation). Over the temperature range of 40-75 °C, the data can be best fitted by kp/dm3 mol-1 s-1 = 106.1 exp(-29.5 kJ mol-1), with a moderately large joint confidence interval for the Arrhenius parameters. The data are consistent with an increased activation energy and reduced frequency factor as compared with acrylate or methacrylate; both of these changes can be ascribed to hindrance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3902-3915
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Acrylate
  • Gel permeation chromatography
  • Kinetics
  • Macromonomers
  • Pulsed-laser polymerization
  • Steric hindrance

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