Diameter control of poly(p-oxycinnamoyl) microspheres prepared by self-organizing polycondensation

Kunio Kimura, Shin Ichiro Kohama, Yuhiko Yamashita, Tetsuya Uchida, Yoshimitsu Sakaguchi

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The diameter control of poly(p-oxycinnamoyl) (POC) microspheres was examined. POC microspheres were prepared by the polycondensation of (E)-4-acetoxycinnamic acid in liquid paraffin at 320 °C. The microspheres were formed through the formation of microdroplets by the reaction-induced liquid-liquid phase separation and the subsequent polymerization of oligomers in the microdroplets leading to the solidification. The size of the microspheres was actually governed by the coalescence of the microdroplets in the growth process. In order to control the coalescence of the microdroplets, 4-octadecyloxybiphenyl (ODB) was added to the polymerization solution as a coalescence inhibitor, which exhibited amphiphilicity to liquid paraffin and POC. ODB inhibited the coalescence of the microdroplets. The average diameter decreased with the increase of the ODB concentration, and it was tunable from 0.97 to 4.61 μm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7383-7387
Number of pages5
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Oct 31 2003


  • Aromatic polyester
  • Microspheres
  • Phase separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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