Synthesis and liquid crystalline behavior of bulky poly(methacrylamide)s

Kylie B. Manning, Alexander G. Shtukenberg, Shane M. Nichols, Bart Kahr, Marcus Weck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


N-(Bis(4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)(phenyl)-methyl)methacrylamide was synthesized and polymerized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The chain-transfer agent (4-cyano-4-(phenylcarbonothioylthio) pentanoic acid (CPADB)), combined with a chiral additive, and a radical initiator yielded polymers with dispersities between 1.2 and 1.4. At low concentrations, the polymers are soluble in hexanes and chloroform while at higher concentrations they swell in these solvents. Characterization of the polymers by wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) revealed an interplanar distance of 19.0 Å. The WAXS data combined with polarized optical microscopy support a lamellar crystallization and lyotropic liquid crystalline behavior in hexanes and chloroform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2563-2568
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 15 2015


  • helical polymer
  • helix-sense selective polymerization
  • liquid-crystalline polymers (LCP)
  • lyotropic liquid crystal
  • methacrylate
  • reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)
  • spherulites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Synthesis and liquid crystalline behavior of bulky poly(methacrylamide)s'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this