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ISRN Polymer Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 532171, 5 pages
Research Article

Vanillin-Based Polymers—part II: Synthesis of Schiff Base Polymers of Divanillin and Their Chelation with Metal Ions

Department of Chemistry, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX 77446, USA

Received 5 September 2012; Accepted 27 September 2012

Academic Editors: A. He and B. F. Senkal

Copyright © 2012 Ananda S. Amarasekara and Ashfaqur Razzaq. 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.


Condensation of renewable resources-based monomer divanillin with alkyl diamines gives Schiff base polymers with degree of polymerization (DP) ~25–32 in 88–95% yield. These yellow polymers are insoluble in water and common organic solvents, slightly soluble in warm DMSO, DMF and dissolves in aqueous NaOH. The polymers were characterized using FT-IR, 1H, and 13C NMR spectroscopy and by comparison with the model compound N,N-bis(vanillidene)-1,3-propanediamine. Polymer prepared by condensation of divanillin and 1,6-diaminohexane is shown to chelate with Cu(II), Fe(II), and Co(II) metal ions in basic aqueous methanol.