Well-Defined Copolymers Based on Poly(vinylidene fluoride): From Preparation and Phase Separation to Application

Vincent S. D. Voet, Gerrit ten Brinke, Katja Loos*

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Abstract

Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has reached the second largest production volume of fluoropolymers in recent years, and its popularity can be ascribed to high thermal stability and chemical inertness combined with its ferroelectric behavior. Copolymerization of vinylidene fluoride with other monomers leads to a wide variety of products with modified or improved properties. Besides commercially available fluorinated random copolymers, well-defined block-, graft, and alternating copolymers based on PVDF received more attention in recent years. PVDF-containing block copolymers that may self-assemble into well-ordered morphologies are of particular interest, being potential precursors for functional nanostructured materials applicable in membranes and electronics. This Highlight provides an overview of the routes developed towards these materials via conventional and controlled polymerization techniques. In addition, it discusses their nano-scopic phase behavior and current and potential applications. (C) 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2861-2877
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part A, Polymer Chemistry
Volume52
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15-Oct-2014

Keywords

  • applications
  • block copolymers
  • crystallization
  • poly(vinylidene fluoride)
  • self-assembly
  • synthesis
  • TRANSFER RADICAL POLYMERIZATION
  • IODINE TRANSFER POLYMERIZATION
  • FRAGMENTATION CHAIN TRANSFER
  • SUPERCRITICAL CARBON-DIOXIDE
  • VINYLIDENE FLUORIDE
  • BLOCK-COPOLYMERS
  • FERROELECTRIC POLYMERS
  • TRIBLOCK COPOLYMERS
  • PROTON CONDUCTIVITY
  • TERMINAL ALKYNES

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