Synthesis of a cellulose supported chain transfer agent and its application to raft polymerization

Mona Semsarilar, Vincent Ladmiral, Sébastien Perrier

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The preparation and characterization of cellulose-based chain transfer agent (CTA) and their use to mediate the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of ethyl acrylate (EA) and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) was investigated. One equivalent of hydroxyisopropyl cellulose (HPC) along with 14 equiv of a carboxylic acid-functionalized RAFT agent [propionic acidyl butyl trithiocarbonate (PABTC)] was dissolved in chloroform and the reaction was carried out in presence of seven equivalents of N,N-dimethyl-4-aminopyridine (DMAP) and N,N-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC) at 40 °C. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis showed three glass transition temperatures (Tg) around 45, 55, and 135 °C and a melting temperature (TM) at 157 °C. The polydispersity index (PDI) of the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)-grafted HPC was high (PDI = 3.4) since the macro-CTA used was polydisperse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4361-4365
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cellulose
  • Ethyl acrylate
  • N-isopropylacrylamide
  • Pnipaam
  • Raft

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