Spectroscopic Examinations of Hydrogen Bonding in Hydroxy-Functionalized ADMET Chemistry

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  • Donovan L. Thompson - , Florida State University (Author)
  • Kenneth B. Wagener - , Florida State University (Author)
  • Ulrich Schulze - , Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Author)
  • Brigitte Voit - , Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Author)
  • Dieter Jehnichen - , Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Author)
  • Mikhail Malanin - , Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (Author)


Wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and temperature-dependent Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectroscopy are used to study hydrogen bonding interactions of a hydroxyl-functionalized polyethylene (PE) prepared by acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) chemistry. The hydroxyl polymer exhibits an orthorhombic unit cell structure with characteristic reflection planes at (110) and (200), comparable to pure crystalline PE. These data unequivocally demonstrate that the OH branch is excluded from the PE lamellae. Furthermore, the polymer melts 100 degrees C higher than all previous analogous polymers possessing precision placed long aliphatic branches that also are excluded from PE lamellae. Temperature-dependent FTIR spectroscopy from ambient to 150 degrees C, followed by cooling to 125 degrees C supports exclusion of the hydroxyl group from the crystalline lattice. It is concluded that these hydroxyl groups form stable physical networks in the amorphous region via hydrogen bonding and are important for the overall morphology of such polymers.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular rapid communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

External IDs

PubMed 25393938
Scopus 84964265476
ORCID /0000-0002-4531-691X/work/148607937



  • ADMET chemistry, fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), Hydrogen bonding, polyethylenes (PE), wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS)