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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 856928, 4 pages
Research Article

A New Method for Synthesis of Poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) and Poly(2,6-diphenyl-1,4-phenyl oxide)

Chemistry Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia

Received 12 January 2012; Revised 6 June 2012; Accepted 6 June 2012

Academic Editor: Mohamed Farook

Copyright © 2013 Naser M. Al Andis. 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.


The polymerization of two monomers 2,6-dimethylphenol and 2,6-diphenylphenol was carried out by an oxidative route in the presence of Cu(I) as a catalyst and amine complex as a solvent assisted by microwave heating. The synthesized polymers were characterized by NMR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). It was observed that this process of polymerization gives high yield (98 wt%) of poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) and poly(2,6-diphenyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPPO) with a molar mass of 1180 ( 𝑀 𝑛 ), 1400 ( 𝑀 𝑤 ) and 28000 ( 𝑀 𝑛 ), 46500 ( 𝑀 𝑤 ) gm/mol, respectively. A negligible amount of diphenoquinone was also observed and its dispersity was rather moderate, 1.17 and 1.68, respectively.