Synthesis, Characterization, Thermal Properties and Conductivity of Oligo-4-[(2-methoxyphenylimino)methyl]phenol


IRANIAN POLYMER JOURNAL, vol.18, no.1, pp.25-35, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.25-35
  • Keywords: oxidative polycondensation, oligo-4-[(2-methoxyphenylimino) methyl]phenol, thermal analysis, conductivity and band gap
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The oxidative polycondensation reaction conditions of 4-[(2-methoxyphenylimino) methyl]phenol (2-MPIMP) were studied by using oxidants such as air and NaOCl in an aqueous alkaline medium between 50 degrees C and 90 degrees C. The structures of synthesized monomer and oligomer were confirmed by FTIR, UV-vis, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and elemental analysis. The characterization was afforded by TGA-DTA, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and solubility tests. At optimum reaction conditions, the yield of oligo-4-[(2-methoxyphenylimino)methyl]phenol (O-2-MPIMP) was found to be 38.72% and 72.21% by air and NaOCl oxidants, respectively. According to the SEC analysis, the number average molecular weight (M(n)), weight average molecular weight (M(w)) and polydispersity index (PDI) values of O-2-MPIMP were respectively found to be 1400, 2350 g.mol(-1), and 1.679 using air and 1650, 2350 g.mol(-1), and 1.424 using NaOCl. TGA-DTA analyses of O-2-MPIMP were shown to be a stable compound against thermal decomposition. The weight losses of 2-MPIMP and O-2-MPIMP were found to be 57.09% and 59.11% at 1000 degrees C, respectively. Also, electrical conductivity of the O-2-MPIMP was measured, showing that the oligomer was a semiconductor. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of monomer and oligomer were determined from the onset potentials for n-doping and p-doping, respectively. Optical band gaps (E(g)) of 2-MPIMP and O-2-MPIMP were calculated from UV-vis measurements.