Synthesis and characterization of conducting copolymers of poly(vinyl alcohol) with thiophene side-groups and pyrrole

Sahmetlioglu E., Yuruk H., Toppare L., Cianga I., Yagci Y.

POLYMER INTERNATIONAL, vol.53, no.12, pp.2138-2144, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/pi.1644
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2138-2144
  • Keywords: polypyrrole, poly(vinyl alcohol), conducting copolymers, GRAFT-COPOLYMERS, POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE), POLYPYRROLE, COMPOSITES
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Graft copolymers of poly(vinyl alcohol) with thiophene side-groups and pyrrole were synthesized by electrochemical polymerization methods. Poly(vinyl alcohol) with thiophene side-groups (PVATh) was obtained from the reaction between poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and thiophene-3-acetic acid. The syntheses of copolymers Of PVATh and pyrrole were achieved electrochemically by using three different supporting electrolytes, p-toluene sulfonic acid (PTSA), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TBAFB). Characterization of PVATh and graft copolymers was performed by a combination of techniques including cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy, thermal gravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, size-exclusion chromatography, H-1 NMR and FT-IR. The conductivities were measured by the four-probe technique. (C) 2004 Society of Chemical Industry.