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Title: Cyclisation and derivatisation of aromatic poly(ether ketone)s
Author: Paoloni, Francois
ISNI:       0000 0001 3466 791X
Awarding Body: The University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2007
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The work described in this thesis is concerned with the synthesis, isolation and characterisation of macrocyclic oligomers ("cyclomers") found in semi-crystalline poly(aryl ether ketone)s. A wide range of cyclomers were obtained in good yield (up to 92%) under pseudo-high dilution by nucleophilic condensation and their cyclic nature was confirmed by a range of analytical techniques. Selected macrocycles were used to produce polymers by ring-opening polymerisation in the melt. It was also shown that during a typical high-temperature synthesis of a poly(aryl ether ketone). such cyclic oligomers are incorporated into the polymer chain. Polymers with a high macrocyclic content were synthesised by high temperature polycondensation at low monomer concentration. These materials were used to assess the influence of macrocycles on polymer viscosity in the melt.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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