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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 568301, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/568301
Research Article

Synthesis and Properties of Polysilsesquioxanes Having Ethoxysulfonyl Group as a Side Chain

Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda, Chiba 278-8510, Japan

Received 29 June 2012; Accepted 20 August 2012

Academic Editor: Yoshiro Kaneko

Copyright © 2012 Takahiro Gunji et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Polysilsesquioxane having an ethoxysulfonyl group as a side chain was synthesized to prepare a proton-conductive film composed of a main chain of siloxane. At first, sodium 4-(2-methylallyloxy)benzenesulfonate was chlorinated with thionyl chloride. Next, hydrosilylation with trichlorosilane was carried out in the presence of platinum catalyst followed by treatment with ethanol. Finally, the hydrolytic polycondensation was carried out to provide poly(3-(4-ethoxysulfonylphenoxy)-2-methylpropyl)silsesquioxane. This polysilsesquioxane was heated to form a free-standing film that was brittle and brown in color.