An aromatic bisphenol which contains bulky tertiary butyl group, 5-tert-butyl-1,3-bis(4-hydroxybenzoyl)benzene (2) was synthesized in high yield and purity by the reaction of 5-tert-butyl-1,3-bis(4-fluorobenzoyl)benzene with KOH solution in presence of DMSO. It was polymerized with activated bisarylhalides via aromatic nucleophilic substitution reaction to prepare a series of high molecular weight poly(arylene ether ketone)s (P1–P5), containing pendant tertiary butyl groups. The effect of molecular structure on the physical, thermal, mechanical and adhesion properties of the polymers were investigated.
high performance polymers mechanical properties polycondensation poly(arylene ether ketones)
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