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Synthesis of conducting polysiloxane-polypyrrole graft copolymers

2002-02-01
Gunaydin, O
Toppare, Levent Kamil
Yagci, Y
Harabagiu, V
Pintela, M
Simionescu, BC
Polysiloxane-polypyrrole graft copolymers have been synthesized by a series of chemical reactions and subsequent electropolymerization. First, the hydrosilation of 4-vinyl aniline by dimethyl-methylhydrosiloxane copolymer gave the corresponding aminophenyl functional polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS-NH2). The side chain pyrrole functionalized. polysiloxanes were then prepared by the reaction of PDMS-NH2 with glycidylpyrrole. Finally, the synthesis of graft copolymers of polysiloxane and pyrrole has been achieved electrochemically by using two different electrolytes, p-toluene sulfonic acid (PTSA) and tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TBAFB). Characterization of these graft copolymers were performed by a combination of techniques consisting of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermal gravimetry (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses and FT-IR studies. The conductivities were measured by four-probe technique.