Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Hydrosoluble copolymers containing sulfonic acid groups incorporated into a macromolecule were synthesized. The group of polymers studied was obtained by free radical solution polymerization, using potassium persulfate as an initiator. The copolymerization of the monomers 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS) and acrylamide (AA) was carried out at different pH values of the reaction medium of the monomer mix. The copolymers were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The viscosity behavior of the copolymers in NaCl solution showed a dependency on the pH of the reaction medium, with higher pH leading to lower viscosities. The acidic conditions of this medium affect the initiator decomposition rate, which is a probable cause of the viscosity variation, and the extent of decomposition increases with increasing pH. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 87.
Year of publication: 2003