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Title: Characterisation of complex polymer mixtures
Author: Al-Harbi, Nasser Munawir D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 0875
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2011
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The polymer of intrinsic microporosity PIM-1 was synthesized following various procedures: (i) from fluoro-monomer by the conventional method, (ii) from fluoro-monomer by a high temperature, high shear mixing method and (iii) from chloro-monomer. For a more complete understanding of the structure of the resultant products of a series of polymerizations under different reaction conditions, a multi-detector gel permeation chromatography (GPC) method was established and validated. A procedure for fractionating PIM-1 using chloroform methanol solvent mixtures was established and validated. A combination of multi-detector GPC and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-ToF) masss pectrometry was used for the determination of molar mass distribution and to identify structural differences between fractions and between the products from different synthetic procedures. High molar mass samples tended to have broader molar mass distributions. Both Mark-Houwink plots and hydrodynamic volume plots showed deviation from linearity at Mw= 200000 g mol-1, which was attributed to branching. A low cost route for the preparation of PIM-1 from chloro-monomer was successfully established, though samples prepared by this route had broader polydispersities than those prepared from fluoro-monomers. It was found that stable flexible membranes were formed from samples with Mw > 83000 g mol -1. In addition, a comparison of two analytical methods for extraction and determination of additives in HDPE, LLDPE and PP polymers of interest to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation was performed. A comparison of dissolution with ultrasonic assisted extraction methods for the determination of anti-oxidant additives in polyolefins was performed. Ultrasound assisted extraction methods were found to be superior for HDPE and LLDPE, where conventional dissolution was preferred for PP.
Supervisor: Stephen ; Budd, Peter Sponsor: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Chemical Research Department
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Polymer of intrinsic microporosity, multi-detector gel permeation chromatography (GPC), Fractionation