One pot synthesis of higher order quasi-block copolymer libraries via sequential RAFT polymerization in an automated synthesizer

Joris J. Haven, Carlos Guerrero-Sanchez, Daniel J Keddie, Graeme Moad, San H. Thang, Ulrich S. Schubert

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Abstract

Recently developed sequential reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization protocols allow the rapid, fully unattended preparation of quasi-block copolymer libraries that cover a wide range of copolymer compositions in an automated synthesizer. This contribution explores the scope and limitations of this sequential approach for the synthesis of higher order quasi-multiblock copolymers (including copolymer sequences of BAB, CBABC, ABC and ABCD). These syntheses illustrate the utility of this high-throughput approach for the one pot synthesis of functional polymers of increased complexity. Additionally, the use of this experimental technique for method development is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5236-5246
Number of pages11
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Volume5
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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