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Current Organic Synthesis
ISSN (Print): 1570-1794
ISSN (Online): 1875-6271
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DOI: 10.2174/1570179411310010003      Price:  $95

Catalytic Synthesis of Bulk Hydrophilic Acetaldehyde-Modified Polyamide 46

Author(s): Hamidreza Barghi, Mikael Skrifvars and Mohammad J. Taherzadeh
Hydrophilization of Polyamide 46 (PA46) via modification with acetaldehyde in continuous phase was studied. The chemical modification of PA 46 with acetaldehyde resulted in a water-swollen polymer with hydrophilic property. The polyamide 46 undergoes a nucleophilic addition with acetaldehyde in the presence of aluminum chloride as a catalyst. The extent of bulk hydroxyethylation using AlCl3 resulted in 95.65% modification counted as total N-hydroxyethylated polyamide 46. The modification resulted in improved hydrophilic properties, and a maximum surface free energy of 44.6 mJ/m2 was achieved after 3 h reaction, whereas the unmodified PA46 had a surface free energy of 11.2 mJ/m2. In addition, thermal properties of the polymers were studied using differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analyses. The functionalization leads to decrease in the crystallization energy from 88 J/g to 51 J/g, while the melting energy is changed from 110 J/g to 53 J/g. Furthermore, the thermal stability of the PA46 to pyrolysis was diminished after hydroxylation.
Hydroxylation, Lewis acid, nucleophilic substitute reaction, polyamides, synthesis
Engineering, University of Borås, SE-50190 Borås, Sweden and Department of Chemical and Biological Engi- neering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden