Durable and refreshable polymeric N-halamine biocides containing 3-(4′-vinylbenzyl)-5,5-dimethylhydantoin

Takafumi Fukushima, Toshiyuki Oyama, Takao Iijima, Masao Tomoi, Hiroshi Itatani

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A novel vinyl-hydantoin monomer, 3-(4′-vinylbenzyl)-5,5-dimethylhydantoin, was synthesized in a good yield and was fully characterized with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and 1H NMR spectra. Its homopolymer and copolymers with several common acrylic and vinyl monomers, such as vinyl acetate, acrylonitrile, and methyl methacrylate, were readily prepared under mild conditions. The polymers were characterized with FTIR and 1H NMR, and their thermal properties were analyzed with differential scanning calorimetry studies. The halogenated products of the corresponding copolymers exhibited potent antibacterial properties against Escherichia coli, and the antibacterial properties were durable and regenerable. The structure-property relationships of the polymers were further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3348-3355
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct 1


  • Biocides
  • Copolymerization
  • Halogenated
  • Hydantoin
  • Modifica tion
  • Polymeric N-halamines
  • Refreshable


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