Green Preparation of an Environment-Responsive Polymer
Smart polymers are very important in many fields, such as biochemistry, fine chemicals and functional materials, etc. In this paper, poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAm) was prepared by ultrasonics sonochemistry. In the reaction system, the monomer is N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAm), the crosslinker is N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) and the solvent is tetrahydrofuran (THF). FTIR and UV-Vis were used to investigate the chemical constitution and phase transformation property of PNIPAm. The results show that it is successful to obtain PNIPAm. It has thermosensitivity. And its lower critical solution temperature is found to be 34°C. Therefore, a green preparation method for environment-responsive polymer is presented.
Jinglong Bu and Yun-Hae Kim
Q. Hou et al., "Green Preparation of an Environment-Responsive Polymer", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 750-752, pp. 1235-1238, 2013