New amorphous perfluoro polymers: Perfluorodioxolane polymers for use as plastic optical fibers and gas separation membranes

Yoshiyuki Okamoto, Qiming Du, Kotaro Koike, František Mikeš, Timothy C. Merkel, Zhenjie He, Hao Zhang, Yasuhiro Koike

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To address the need for perfluoro polymers with higher Tg, we have prepared and characterized various perfluorodioxolane monomers via direct fluorination of the hydrocarbon precursors. These monomers were readily polymerized in bulk or in solution initiated by perfluorodibenzoyl peroxide. The polymers obtained have relatively high Tg(∼160°C) and exhibited low material dispersion. These polymers are completely amorphous and soluble in fluorinated solvents. The polymers are also chemically and thermally stable (Tg>300°C). Thus, these perfluorodioxolane polymers may be used as plastic optical fiber material where high Tg is required, such as in automobile and aircraft application. These perfluorodioxolane polymers were also investigated for use as gas separation membrane. Among these polymers, the copolymer of perfluoro (2-methylene-1,3-dioxolane) and perfluoro (2-methylene-4,5-dimethyl dioxolane) showed superior gas separation performance compared with the commercial perfluoro polymers for a number of gas pair, including CO2/CH4, He/CH4, H2/CH4, and N2/CH4. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalPolymers for Advanced Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1



  • Gas separation membrane
  • Perfluorodioxolane polymers
  • Plastic optical fiber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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