Radiation-induced polymerization of 2,3-dimethyl-1,3-butadiene clathrate in deoxycholic acid

  • F. Cataldo
  • O. Ursini
  • P. Ragni
  • A. Rosati


Poly(dimethylbutadiene) (PDMB) was synthesized through the inclusion polymerization technique, by γ-irradiation of a clathrate of 2,3-dimethyl-1,3-butadiene in deoxycholic acid (DOCA) at 75, 150, 320 and 430 kGy. The resulting inclusion complexes PDMB@DOCA were studied by FTIR spectroscopy and by thermal analysis (DTA, TGA and DTG). Pure PDMB was isolated by extracting the complex PDMB@DOCA with ethanol. The best sample in terms of purity was that prepared at 75 kGy, while the other samples prepared at higher doses suffered of DOCA grafting on PDMB chains. Pure PDMB isolated from PDMB@DOCA complex was studied by FT-IR spectroscopy and by thermal analysis in comparison to a reference highly crystalline and ≈=100% trans-1,4-PDMB prepared by inclusion polymerization in thiourea and in comparison to PDMB prepared by emulsion polymerization. A lower degree of regularity and crystallinity has been found on the PDMB sample prepared as inclusion compound in DOCA in comparison to the reference PDMB obtained by inclusion polymerization in thiourea.


Differential Thermal Analysis Thiourea Clathrate Inclusion Complex Butadiene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lupi Chemical Research InstituteRomeItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica — Osservatorio Astrofisico di CataniaCataniaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Chemical Methodologies CNRMonterotondo Stazione (Rome)Italy

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