Synthesis and characterization of hydrogels from allyl methacrylate and acrylamide copolymer

Ayazoğlu, Neslihan
Acrylamide based hydrogels were synthesized through copolymerization reaction of allyl methacrylate with acrylamide. Copolymerization reactions were carried out with solution polymerization in tetrahydrofuran by using α-α-azoisobutyronitrile as an initiator at 60 0 C. Three copolymer compositions were studied having 5, 15, 25 molar percentage of allyl methacrylate as feed concentrations. The synthesized copolymers were characterized by FTIR, NMR, DSC, TGA and GPC. 1H-NMR spectra were used to confirm the chemical structures of the copolymers and to determine the comonomer compositions of the copolymers. DSC and TGA analysis were conducted to determine the thermal properties of the copolymers and TGA results showed that copolymers have two step degradation behavior. Molecular weights of the copolymers were determined by GPC. Swelling capacities of the obtained hydrogels were investigated and swelling capacity of the gels reached to 77% as maximum value.


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Citation Formats
N. Ayazoğlu, “Synthesis and characterization of hydrogels from allyl methacrylate and acrylamide copolymer,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.