Monitoring of chemical reactions during polymer synthesis by real-time attenuated total reflection (ATR)-FTIR spectroscopy

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  • K Sahre - (Author)
  • U Schulze - (Author)
  • T Hoffmann - (Author)
  • M Abd Elrehim - (Author)
  • KJ Eichhorn - (Author)
  • D Pospiech - (Author)
  • D Fischer - (Author)
  • B. Voit - , Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Author)


The present study demonstrates in sitn real-time attenuated total reflection (ATR)-FTIR spectroscopy as a powerful tool for monitoring and analyzing different polymerization and polymer modification reactions. Thus, a metallocene catalyzed copolymerization of propene and 10-undecene-1-ol, a polycondensation reaction towards polysulfone, and a modification reaction of OH end groups of hyperbranched poly(urea-urethane) were investigated successfully. The interpretation of the development of FTIR spectra was carried out on the basis of typical vibration bands of chemical groups of the corresponding monomers and polymers in each case, e.g. of the C=C double bond of 10-undecene-1-ol during the copolymerization, the new C-O-C group of polysulfone, and the new urethane end group of poly(urea-urethane). Kinetics prediction is also under consideration. (c) 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1374-1380
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of applied polymer science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

External IDs

Scopus 33746088039
ORCID /0000-0002-4531-691X/work/148607725



  • FTIR spectroscopy, Metallocene catalyzed copolymerization, Modification of hyperbranched polymers, Polycondensation