One-Pot Synthesis of ABCDE Multiblock Copolymers with Hydrophobic, Hydrophilic, and Semi-Fluorinated Segments

Athina Anastasaki, Bernd Oschmann, Johannes Willenbacher, Anna Melker, Martin H.C. Van Son, Nghia P. Truong, Morgan W. Schulze, Emre H. Discekici, Alaina J. McGrath, Thomas P. Davis, Christopher M. Bates, Craig J. Hawker

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The scope and accessibility of sequence-controlled multiblock copolymers is demonstrated by direct “in situ” polymerization of hydrophobic, hydrophilic and fluorinated monomers. Key to the success of this strategy is the ability to synthesize ABCDE, EDCBA and EDCBABCDE sequences with high monomer conversions (>98 %) through iterative monomer additions, yielding excellent block purity and low overall molar mass dispersities (Ð<1.16). Small-angle X-ray scattering showed that certain sequences can form well-ordered mesostructures. This synthetic approach constitutes a simple and versatile platform for expanding the availability of tailored polymeric materials from readily available monomers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14483-14487
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2017


  • controlled polymerization
  • light-mediated polymerization
  • multiblock copolymers
  • sequence control

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