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Polymerization and characterization of poly(ethyl methacrylate)

Bakioğlu, Levent
In this study, ethyl methacrylate was polymerized by free radical polymerization at 600C, 700C, 800C at open atmosphere; atom transfer radical polymerization, (ATRP), at 800C in vacuum and in gamma irradiation in vacuum. The polymer obtained was white, hard material. The kinetic curves for free radical polymerization and ATRP by gamma radiation were S-type. However, the curve for polymerization by gamma irradiation raises more smoothly. For ATRP by thermal initiation gives a lineer change of conversion with time. It was observed that the molecular weight can be controlled and low molecular weight polymer could be obtained by ATRP method. The characterization of polymers were made by FTIR, DSC, 1H and 13C NMR techniques.