Zirconium tetra-n-butylate modified with different organic acids: Hydrolysis and polymerization of the products

Sayilkan H., Sener S., Arpac E.

JOURNAL OF INORGANIC AND ORGANOMETALLIC POLYMERS, vol.5, no.4, pp.409-423, 1995 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


In this work; (a) complexation reaction of zirconium tetra-n-butylate, Zr(OBu(n))(4), with MAc and different organic acids, (b) the hydrolysis reaction of modified Zr species, and (c) the polymerization reaction of complex products are studied. Zr(OBu(n)), was reacted with different mole ratios of methacrylic acid (MAc) at room temperature and the maximum combination ratio was found to be 1:2 [Zr(OBu(n))(4):MAc] by FT-IR. The modification of zirconium tetra-n-butylate with the acid mixtures [methacrylic acid-acetic acid (MeCOOH), methacrylic acid-propionic acid (EtCOOH), methacrylic acid-butyric acid (PrCOOH)] was made for a combination ratio of 1:1:1 [ MAc: RCOOH: Zr(OBu(n))(4); R:Me, Et, Pr] and the products were characterized by H-1-NMR, FT-IR, and UV-spectroscopies. Following their synthesis, hydrolysis of the complexes with various amounts of water and polymerization with benzoyl peroxide were realized. The hydrolysis and polymerization products of the complexes were studied by Karl-Fischer Coulometric titration and thermal analysis respectively. Methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK) and chloroform were chosen as solvents.