Solvent dependent swelling behaviour of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) and poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-itaconic acid) gels and determination of solubility parameters

Cavus S. , Cakal E., Sevgili L. M.

CHEMICAL PAPERS, vol.69, no.10, pp.1367-1377, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/chempap-2015-0153
  • Title of Journal : CHEMICAL PAPERS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1367-1377


Swelling behaviour of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVC) and poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-itaconic acid) (P(VC-co-IA)) gels was investigated in different solvents (water, ethanol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol (IPA), chloroform, toluene, acetone) and in binary solvent mixtures (ethanol/chloroform, ethanol/methanol, IPA/chloroform, ethanol/water, IPA/water). Gels were synthesised in ethanol by the free radical cross-linking polymerisation method at 60 degrees C for 24 h in the presence of azobis(isobutyronitrile) and allyl methacrylate as the initiator and cross-linker, respectively. And also, ethanol/distilled water mixture (phi(r) = 4 : 1) was used as the synthesis medium to determine its effect on the swelling of gels. It was found that the presence of water in the synthesis medium significantly affected the equilibrium swelling value (ESV) and the swelling tendency of gels both in solvents and in solvent mixtures. All gels synthesised in ethanol showed the highest swelling in chloroform. The gels synthesised in the ethanol/water mixture displayed different swelling behaviour. In this case, while chloroform was still valid for maximum swelling of PVC, P(VC-co-IA) had the highest swelling in methanol. Solubility parameters of gels were predicted by the van Krevelen-Hoftyzer (VKH) and Hoy methods (group contribution methods) and theoretical calculations verified the experimental swelling order. (C) 2015 Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences