Photoinduced synthesis of α,ω-telechelic sequence-controlled multiblock copolymers

Athina Anastasaki, Vasiliki Nikolaou, Nicholas William McCaul, Alexandre Simula, Jamie Godfrey, Christopher Waldron, Paul J Wilson, Kristian Kempe, David Mark Haddleton

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Photoinduced living radical polymerization has been employed to synthesize a,?-telechelic multiblock copolymers of a range of acrylic monomers including methyl acrylate (MA), ethyl acrylate (EA), ethylene glycol methyl ether acrylate (EGA), and solketal acrylate (SA). Under carefully optimized conditions, a well-defined tricosablock (23 blocks) copolymer was obtained (D = 1.18) with high conversion (>98 ) achieved throughout all the iterative monomer additions. Crucially, a reduced temperature (15 ?C) was found to result in an observed decrease in the dispersities (1.14 vs 1.45) as opposed to when higher temperatures (50?C) were employed. A number of bifunctional initiators were employed, including ethylene bis(2-bromoisobutyrate) (EbBiB), a PEG initiator (average Mw = 1000 g mol-1), and bis[2-(2-bromoisobutyryloxy)ethyl] disulfide ((BiBOE)2S2), resulting in narrow dispersed multiblock copolymers in various molecular weights (DPn 2/13/50/100 per block). Impressively, a high molecular weight undecablock (11 blocks) copolymer of Mn = 150 000 g mol-1 and D = 1.22 was also synthesized. In order to demonstrate the symmetry of the resulting telechelic materials, a well-defined tridecablock (13 blocks, D = 1.18, Mn = 25 000 g mol-1) was synthesized utilizing a bifunctional disulfide initiator which was cleaved postpolymerization, yielding a narrow disperse polymer at half the molecular weight of the parent polymer (D = 1.10, Mn = 12 400 g mol-1).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1404-1411
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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