Submerged liquid plasma for the synthesis of unconventional nitrogen polymers

Jaganathan Senthilnathan, Chih Chiang Weng, Jiunn Der Liao, Masahiro Yoshimura

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Glow discharge polymerization is not well understood due to the rapid/complex reaction at the plasma/gas precursor interface. Plasma reaction in a submerged condition allows post-plasma-polymerization, leading to further polymer growth and thus a stable structure. Electron collision with acetonitrile at the interface initiates the formation of radical monomers, which undergoes further rearrangement to form low-molecular (LM) nitrogen polymers (NPs). The radical-rich LM NPs go through further polymerization, forming stable high-molecular (HM) NPs (as determined using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry). LM NPs absorb light at a wavelength of 270â€...nm (λ max) whereas HM NPs show absorption at 420â€...nm (λ max), as determined from ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra. The fluorescence spectra of HM NPs show characteristic emission at 430â€...nm, which indicates the presence of nitrogen functional groups with external conjugation. The proposed structure of HM NPs is verified with different analytical instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2414
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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