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Hadzich, Antonella; Flores, Santiago; Masucci, Ashley E.; Gomez, Enrique D.; Groß, Gregor Alexander
NMR and GPC analysis of alkyd resins: influence of synthesis method, vegetable oil and polyol content. - In: Polymers, ISSN 2073-4360, Bd. 15 (2023), 9, 1993, S. 1-14

Alkyd resins are oil-based polymers that have been widely used for generations in the surface coating industry and beyond. Characterization of these resins is of high importance to understand the influence of its components on its behavior, compatibility with other resins, and final quality to ensure high durability. Here, NMR spectroscopy and GPC were used for characterizing differences in the chemical structure, molecular distribution, and dispersity between oil-based and fatty acid-based alkyd polymers made from sacha inchi and linseed oils. Sancha inchi (Plukentia volubilis L.) is a fruit-bearing plant native to South America and the Caribbean, and has a rich unsaturated fatty acid content. The effect of vegetable oil and polyol selection on the synthesis of alkyd resins for coating applications was analyzed. The influence of two different synthesis methods, monoglyceride and fatty acid processes, was also compared. Important structural differences were observed using NMR: one-dimensional spectra revealed the degree of unsaturated fatty acid chains along the polyester backbone, whereas, 2D NMR experiments facilitated chemical shift assignments of all signals. GPC analysis suggested that alkyd resins with homogeneous and high molecular weights can be obtained with the fatty acid process, and that resins containing pentaerythritol may have uniform chain lengths.
Schuett, Timo; Anufriev, Ilya; Endres, Patrick; Stumpf, Steffi; Nischang, Ivo; Höppener, Stephanie; Bode, Stefan; Schubert, Ulrich Sigmar; Geitner, Robert
A user-guide for polymer purification using dialysis. - In: Polymer chemistry, ISSN 1759-9962, Bd. 14 (2023), 1, S. 92-101

Dialysis diffusion kinetics are investigated via in situ NMR spectroscopy for numerous different raw polymeric solutions to result in a general guideline for polymer purification using dialysis. In several approaches, a polymer was on purpose contaminated with its respective monomer, regenerated conducting conventional dialysis and monitored online utilizing in situ NMR spectroscopy. Consequently, polymer type and molar mass, monomer type, molar mass cut-off of the dialysis tubing and type of solvent were varied resulting in 29 different purification approaches and over 40 000 NMR-spectra. As a result, several major parameters were identified affecting the purification process significantly such as the chosen solvent, viscosity and alpha value. On the contrary, parameters such as dialysis tubing molar mass cut-off and molar mass of the polymer did not affect the purification in a significant manner. Furthermore, physical properties such as density, viscosity, alpha value, and dipole moment of the ingredients were combined in a principal component analysis in order to identify the most important parameters.
Geitner, Robert;
Physikalische Chemie : Trendbericht. - In: Nachrichten aus der Chemie, ISSN 1868-0054, Bd. 70 (2022), 5, S. 64-67

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Huang, Tianbai; Kupfer, Stephan; Richter, Martin; Gräfe, Stefanie; Geitner, Robert
Bidentate Rh(I)-phosphine complexes for the C-H activation of alkanes: computational modelling and mechanistic insight. - In: ChemCatChem, ISSN 1867-3899, Bd. 14 (2022), 18, e202200854, S. 1-9

The C-H activation and subsequent carbonylation mediated by metal complexes, i. e., Rh(I) complexes, has drawn considerable attention in the past. To extend the mechanistic insight from Rh complexes featuring monodentate ligands like P(Me)3 towards more active bisphosphines (PLP), a computationally derived fully conclusive mechanistic picture of the Rh(I)-catalyzed C-H activation and carbonylation is presented here. Depending on the nature of the bisphosphine ligand, the highest lying transition state (TS) is associated either to the initial C-H activation in [Rh(PLP)(CO)(Cl)] or to the rearrangement of the chloride in [Rh(PLP)(H)(R)(Cl)]. The chloride rearrangement was found to play a key role in the subsequent carbonylation. A set of 20 complexes of different architectures was studied, in order to fine tune the C-H activation in a knowledge-driven approach. The computational analysis suggests that a flexible ligand architecture with aromatic rings can potentially increase the performance of Rh-based catalysts for the C-H activation.
Nolte, Oliver; Geitner, Robert; Volodin, Ivan A.; Rohland, Philip; Hager, Martin; Schubert, Ulrich Sigmar
State of charge and state of health assessment of viologens in aqueous-organic redox-flow electrolytes using in situ IR spectroscopy and multivariate curve resolution. - In: Advanced science, ISSN 2198-3844, Bd. 9 (2022), 17, 2200535, S. 1-10

Aqueous-organic redox flow batteries (RFBs) have gained considerable interest in recent years, given their potential for an economically viable energy storage at large scale. This, however, strongly depends on both the robustness of the underlying electrolyte chemistry against molecular decomposition reactions as well as the device's operation. With regard to this, the presented study focuses on the use of in situ IR spectroscopy in combination with a multivariate curve resolution approach to gain insight into both the molecular structures of the active materials present within the electrolyte as well as crucial electrolyte state parameters, represented by the electrolyte's state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH). To demonstrate the general applicability of the approach, methyl viologen (MV) and bis(3-trimethylammonium)propyl viologen (BTMAPV) are chosen, as viologens are frequently used as negolytes in aqueous-organic RFBs. The study's findings highlight the impact of in situ spectroscopy and spectral deconvolution tools on the precision of the obtainable SOC and SOH values. Furthermore, the study indicates the occurrence of multiple viologen dimers, which possibly influence the electrolyte lifetime and charging characteristics.
Schütt, Timo; Geitner, Robert; Bode, Stefan; Schubert, Ulrich Sigmar
Dialysis diffusion kinetics in polymer purification. - In: Macromolecules, ISSN 1520-5835, Bd. 54 (2021), 20, S. 9410-9417

Diffusion kinetics of a prior developed automated dialysis system are investigated via in situ NMR spectroscopy for an optimization of conventional and advanced polymer purification. Using a polymeric solution, mixed with the respective monomer, several parameters like starting concentration, solvent volume, and solvent exchange by flow or complete one-time exchange are varied, resulting in a significant decrease of purification time for the automated setup. With an increased solvent flow (from 0.9 to 5.5 mL/min), 5.4 h and 2000 mL of solvent are required to decrease the monomer concentration to the detection limit. Without solvent flow, which corresponds to conventional dialysis, only 9 h and 250 mL of solvent are required for the same result, which is a time- and solvent-saving development for common purification of polymers.