Hong Gu

Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Engineering Technology

Committee Member

John Texter, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Donald Snyder, PhD

Committee Member

Bob Lahidji, PhD


Polymerizable ionic liquid surfactants were synthesized and polymerized, yielding engineered advanced polymers that can be tailored for diverse applications. First, 1-(2-acryloyloxyundecyl)-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (IL-BF4) was synthesized and was copolymerized with methyl methacrylate (MMA) via microemulsion polymerization. The resulting polymer gels can be transformed into porous materials by anion exchange, and the porosity of the material can be tuned through the solvent shifting. Second, an ionic liquid composed of a 1-(2-acryloyloxyundecyl)-3- methylimidazolium (IL) cation and 2-acryloamido-2-methyl-propylsulfonate (AMPS) anion was synthesized and polymerized by UV irradiation, and introductory data are illustrated for humidity sensitive preparations suitable for chemFETs, for proton conducting polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) suitable for fuel cell fabrication, and for lithium ion and silver ion conducting membranes suitable for fast ionic conducting batteries.