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United States Patent 3,544,318 ELECTROCONDUCTIVE PAPER Jerry E. Boothe, Pittsburgh, and Merwiu Frederick Hoover, Bethel Park, Pa., assignors to Calgon Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa.
No Drawing. Continuation-impart of application Ser. No. 462,742, June 9, 1965. This application July 10, 1968, Ser. No. 743,634
Int. Cl, G03g 7/00; B44d N00 US. Cl. 96-15 20 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Electrocondnctive paper useful typically in making copies by an electrostatic process is made by incorporating therein a polymer comprising at least 90% monomers of the formula (CHFCHCHa)2 i i A where R is an alkyl group of 1 to 18 carbon atoms and -R is R or B-propionamido and A is an anion.
RELATED APPLICATION This is a continuation-in-part of our copending application S.N. 462,742 filed June 9, 1965 now abandoned.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to paper containing electroconductive materials. In particular, it relates to paper rendered electroconductive by a layer or coating of electroconductive material, which paper is useful in various copying processes and devices.
Electroconductive paper may be used to distribute electrical stresses in various insulating products; see US. Pat. 3,148,107. Where electrically conductive paper is to be used for nonimpact printing, a substrate, backing, impregnation coating, or layer of electrically conductive material is usually constructed. See Vaurio and Fird, Electrically Conductive Paper for Nonimpact Printing, Tappi, December 1964, vol. 47, No. 12, pp. 163A-165A. Various types of nonimpact printing processes are known as electrostatographic, electrophotographic, electrographic, Electrofax, and other processes. As a rule such processes call for the placement of an electric charge on the paper, which may be accomplished by a corona discharge, for example. The charge is, in most such processes, placed on the paper in darkness. The paper may also contain a photo-responsive or photo-conductive layer or material, now popularly a specially treated zinc oxide, which causes the charge to be dissipated in an area where light strikes it, thus leaving a pattern of the charged areas which is a reproduction of the image desired. The charged area attracts a powdered or other usually particulated imageforming material which may be fused or otherwise treated to make the image permanent. Other processes differ in that the image is created by electrical dissipation of the static charge in nonimage areas; in this and other processes (see Vaurio and Fird, supra), the common characteristic is an electrically conductive base paper.
Probably the most common system at present is the direct electrostatic process; see Chemical & Engineering News, July 20, 1964, pp. 88-89; US. Pat. 3,052,539. This process is similar to the xerographic method of copy reproduction; however, the conductive substrate is built into paper rather than being on a separate drum or other device.
Among the desirable characteristics of an electrically conductive material for use in nonimpact printing are 3,544,318 Patented Dec. 1, 1970 Our invention is useful in imparting electroconductive characteristics to the paper for use in such processes as the above.
We have discovered that the class of water-soluble polymers containing at least about repeating groups of the formula where R is an alkyl group containing one to eighteen carbon atoms, R is selected from the group consisting of R and and A is an anion, may be used in making electroconductive paper. Any water-soluble polymer of this description is within the scope of our invention.
The preferred homopolymer of the described class is derived from free radical polymerization of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride. The polymerization method described by Butler and Angelo, Journal of American Chemical Society, vol. 79, p. 3128 (1957), may be used satisfactorily to make polymers which perform in our invention. Also useful is the homopolymer of the monomer diallyl methyl fi-propionamido ammonium chloride. Other polymers useful in our invention are included in the'decription of Butlers US. Pat. 3,288,770.
Diallyl ammonium monomers undergo cyclization during free radical polymerization to form piperidinium rings. The homopolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride may be described as a poly dimethyl-3,5-methylene piperidinium salt. The homopolymer of diallyl methyl B-propionamido ammonium chloride, for example, is known as poly [N-methyl-N-(fi-propionamido) 3,5-methylene piperidinium chloride].
Thus, polymers containing repeating groups of Formula I may be derived from polymerization of monomers of the formula where R is an alkyl group of one to eighteen carbon atoms, R is selected from the group consisting of R and p-proprionamido, and A" is an anion.
Anions which are particularly of interest are fluoride, chloride, bromide, hydroxide, nitrate, acetate, HSO,- and H2PO4 Water-soluble copolymers and more complex polymers of the above-described monomers containing at least about 90% of Formula I repeating groups are contemplated within the scope of our invention. Any copolymerizable monomer which will form a water-soluble polymer CHFC or, after polymerization, as
GHe-C where R represents a member of the class consisting of hydrogen, halogen, R and alkyl groups of 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and R represents a radical of the class consisting of aryl and alkaryl radicals and radicals represented by the formulas where R and R each represents a radical selected from the class consisting of alkyl, cycloalkyl, and alkoxyalkyl radicals, R; has the same meaning as R and R and, in addition, an aryl radical, R and R each represents a member of the class consisting of hydrogen, and alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, and alkoxyalkyl radicals, and R has the same meaning as R nd R See Schuller and Thomas US. Pat. 2,923,701 for a description of the mechanism of copolymerization of such monomers with the diallyl quaternary ammonium compounds discussed above. See also Schuller et al., Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, vol. 4, p. 273 (1959).
We may also use diallyl amine monomers which are preferably copolymerized in the form of a hydrohalide salt. See Butler, Angelo, and Cranshaw, US. Pat. 2,926,- 161. They may be described in terms of the formula where R is an alkyl group of 1 to 4 carbon atoms or B- propionamido, and A- is a halide anion.
Also contemplated in our invention is the use in paper of the above-described homopolymers and copolymers having included in their polymerized structures certain compatible polyethylenic unsaturated compounds. Such polyethylenic unsaturated compounds, when present in small amounts (i.e., up to about 10%) during the polymerization of a dialkyl diallyl ammonium halide monomer, cause the resulting polymer to be highly branched and/ or cross-linked. The branched polymer also imparts superior barrier properties to the paper substrate preventing solvent from the application of the photoconductive upper layer from diffusing into the paper. The preferred branching agents are methylene bisacrylamide, triallyl amine hydrohalide salts, triallyl quaternary ammonium salts having as a fourth group an alkyl group of 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and tetraallyl ammonium salts. However, we may use any water soluble, polyunsaturated compound which is copolymerizable with the diallyl monomers previously described. Polyallyl sucrose and other allyl substituted polyalcohols may be used, as well as polyallyl polyamine hydrohalides and quaternary salts. The amount of each of these branching agents required to get the desired results varies with each compound, the only requirement being that irreversible (water-insoluble) gel formation should be avoided. As little as 0.001% of such branching agent will significantly improve the film forming ability of the polymer. Preferred ranges are between about 0.01 percent and 0.1 percent.
As is known in the art of electrostatic printing and other forms of nonimpact printing, conductivity measurements for conductive coatings on paper may be made on the conductive areas only; that is, the electrodes of the conductivity device may be simply attached to the conductive surface of the paper. Generally speaking, papers adapted for use in various types of nonimpact printing may have surface resistivities in the range of about 2.5 10 to about 3.0 10 Molecular Weights of our polymers are apparently not critical to conductivity.
The following examples illustrate not only the utility of our invention in electroconductive paper, but also the conductivity of the paper at various relative humidities. The indicated changes in conductivity with relative humidity are comparatively excellent in the present state of the art.
Example I I A 4% by weight aqueous solution of a copolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride and methyl dodecyl diallyl ammonium chloride in the molar ratio of 17.5 to 1 was applied to Bergstrom Paper Companys Indsen #1 raw coating stock (basis weight 46 lbs. per 3,300 square feet) using a 3 mil, wire-wound Meyer rod. This rod applies approximately 0.3 lb. of pure polymer per 3,000 square feet of paper. The sample Was then dried in an oven at 105 C. for 20 to 30 minutes. An 8 square inch circular sample was cut and placed into a constant conditions room for 16 hours at 50% relative humidity and 72 F. After this period, the sample was conditioned for 72 hours at 23 relative humidity. Current measurements were made after applying v. DC using Keithley equipment consisting of a Model No. 240 Regulated High Voltage Supply, a Model No. 6105 Resistivity Adapter and a Model 610-B Electrometer. The resistivity adapter is suitable for determining both surface and volume resistivities. Electrodes are constructed of stainless steel; however, for measurements at relative humidities of greater than 70% a special graphite center electrode was used. Current readings were converted to obtain resistivity values. The surface resistivity of this polymer was 5.9X10 ohms/square.
Example H 20 45 80 Rel. Humidity 10g X 107 x Using the same polymer in a concentration of three pounds faer 31,000 sq. ft., the following surface resistances were oun O Hlllmdlliy 8 Example III In another test in which two pounds of our preferred homopolymer was spread on 3,000 sq. ft. of paper, the conductivity results, measured in terms of surface resistance, were virtually identical to a polymer disclosed in US. Pat. 3,011,918. There were no objectionable odor or background discoloration in the paper treated with the polymers of our invention.
Example IV A 4% by weight aqueous solution of poly (methyl propionamido diallyl ammonium chloride) was applied to the test paper as above. After treatment as in Example I, this paper gave a surface resistivity value of 2.0x 10 Example V A 4% by weight solution of a copolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride (93% by weight) acrylamide (4%) and acryonitrile (3%) was applied and treated as in Example I. At a relative humidity of 12%, the surface resistivity was 8.6X10
Example VI A 4% by weight solution of a copolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride (96% by weight) and acrylonitrile (4%) was applied and treated as in Example I. At a relative humidity of 16%, the surface resistivity was 1.8 X 10 Example VII A 4% by weight solution of a copolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride (95% by weight) and diacetone acrylamide 5% was applied and treated as in Example I. The surface resistivity at 24% relative humidity was 3.6X
Example VIII A 4% solution of homopolymer of diethyl allyl ammonium chloride was applied and treated as in Example I. The surface resistivity at relative humidity was 7.9 10
Example IX A 4% by weight solution of a copolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride copolymerized with 0.03 weight percent methylene bisacrylamide was applied and treated as in Example I. The surface resistivity at 23% relatively humidity was 1.8 x10 Example X A 4% solution of dimethyl diallyl ammonium copolymerized with 0.12 weight percent tetraallyl ammonium chloride was applied and treated as in Example I. The surface resistivity at 23% relative humidity was l.4 10
Solutions of our polymers may be applied to paper or cellulosic Webs by coating, diping, brushing, Wet end addition, etc. Concentrations of the polymer may vary widely to fit the method of handling. Generally about 0.5-3.0 pounds of polymer should be applied per 3,000 sq. ft. but for some purposes as little as 0.1 pound will provide sufiicient conductivity. The upper limit of addition will be determined largely by economics; so far as we are aware, there is no upper limit which is or will be detrimental to the electroconductive character of the paper.
We do not intend to be limited to the specific examples and illustrations employed in the preceding description of our invention. It may be otherwise variously practiced within the scope of the following claims.
1. Electroconductive paper including a layer of poly- [N-methyl-N-(fi-propionamido)-3,5-methylene piperidinium chloride].
2. Electroconductive paper including a layer of poly- (N,N-dimethyl-3,5-methylene piperidinium chloride).
3. Electroconductive paper including a layer of poly- (N,N dimethyl 3,5 methylene piperidinium chloride) crosslinked with from about 0.1% to about 1% methylenebisacrylamide, based on the weight of the polymer.
4. Electroconductive paper containing about 0.1 to about 3.0 pounds per 3000 square feet of at least one water-soluble polymer comprising at least by weight groups of the formula l CH2 where R is an alkyl group containing one to eighteen carbon atoms, R is selected from the group consisting of R and where R represents a member of the class consisting of hydrogen, halogen, and alkyl groups of 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and R represents a radical of the class consisting of aryl and alkaryl radicals and radicals represented by the formulas where R and R each represents a radical selected from the class consisting of alkyl, cycloalkyl, and alkoxyalkyl radicals, R has the same meaning as R and R and, in addition, an aryl radical, R and R each represents a member of the class consisting of hydrogen, and alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, alkaryl, aralkyl, and alkoxyalkyl radicals and R has the same meaning as R and R 7. Paper of claim 4 in which the polymer includes up to about 10% by weight units derived from the group consisting of acrylamide, diacetone acrylamide, N-methylolacrylamide, and N-vinyl 2-pyrrolidinone.
8. Paper of claim 4 in which the polymer includes up to about 10 weight percent of a Water soluble polyethylenically unsaturated monomer branching agent.
9. Paper of claim 8 in which the water soluble polyethylenically unsaturated monomer is selected from the group consisting of methylene bisacrylamide, triallyl amine hydrohalide salts, tetrallyl ammonium salts, and triallyl ammonium salts including an alkyl group of 1 to 4 carbon atoms.
10. Electroconductive paper containing at least about 0.1 pound per 3000 square feet of at least one watersoluble polymer consisting essentially of units derived from monomers of the formula CH2 (l'llHn CH2 CH:
where R is an alkyl group of 1 to 18 carbon atoms and R is selected from the group consisting of R and 11. Paper of claim in which the polymer consists essentially of units derived from dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride.
12. Electroconductive paper containing at least about 0.1 pound per 3000 square feet of at least one watersoluble polymer derived from polymerization of a monomer mix of (a) monomers of the formula where 'R is an alkyl group of 1 to 18 carbon atoms, R is selected from the group consisting of R and f1- propionamido, and (b) up to about 10% by weight of a water-soluble copolymerizable branching agent.
13. Paper of claim 12 in which the branching agent is selected from the group consisting of polyallyl substituted polyalcohols, polyallyl substituted polyamine hydrohalides and quaternary salts, and N,N-methylene bisacrylamide. i
14. Method of making electroconductive paper comprising incorporating therein at least about 0.1 pound per 3,000 square feet of a water-soluble polymer consisting. essentially of repeating units derived from dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride.
15. Method of making electroconductive paper com- 8 prising incorporating in said paper about 0.1 to about 3.0 pounds, per 3,000 square feet of paper, of watersoluble polymer comprising at least by weight groups of the formula 2 a R Rl where R is an alkyl group of 1 to 18 carbon atoms and R is selected from the group consisting of R and 16. Method of claim 15 in which the polymer contains a cross-linking agent.
17. Method of claim 15 in which the polymer contains a branching agent.
18. Method of claim 15 in which the polymer is a homopolymer of dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride and is incorporated to the extent of at least 0.5 pound per 3,000 square feet of paper.
19. Method of claim 15 in which the polymer is added to the paper in the form of an aqueous solution.
20. Method of claim 15 in which a solution of polymer is formed into a layer on the paper and subsequently dried.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,926,161 2/1960 Butler et al.' 26089.7 3,216,853 11/1965 Gess 117-201 WILLIAM L. JARVIS, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R.
Patent No. 3,544,318 Dated December 1, 1970 lnventofls) Jerry E. Boothe et a1 It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:
Column 2 line 7 after "tastes" insert and Column line 36, "allyl" should read diallyl line 46, "relatively" should read relative line 54 "diping" should read dipping Signed and sealed this 27th day of April 1971 (SEAL) Attest:
EDWARD M.FLETCHER,JR. WILLIAM E. SCHUYLER, Attesting Officer Commissioner of Pater FOBM PO-HJSO (10-69) UscMM Dc