Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Brian C. Benicewicz


The goal of this work was to identify and study various monomers and polymerization methods for polybenzimidazole polymers. Beginning with the solution polymerization of polybenzimidazole via a bisulfite adduct monomer, Chapter 2 describes the efforts to optimize and scale up this process. Chapter 3 then covers an alternative method to prepare polybenzimidazole in solution by using an orthoester monomer. Finally, in Chapter 4, the research to incorporate an adamantane moiety into the backbone of polybenzimidazole is described.

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