Synthesis of PPV-b-PEG block copolymers via CuAAC conjugation

Inge Cosemans, Joke Vandenbergh, Lien D'Olieslaeger, Anitha Ethirajan, Laurence Lutsen, Dirk Vanderzande, Thomas Junkers

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The synthesis of amphiphilic rod-coil block copolymers with a poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) rod-like block using a Click chemistry approach is investigated and a facile reaction pathway towards poly(p-phenylene vinylene)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PPV-b-PEG) block copolymers is presented. To reach this aim, an alkyne-functionalized PPV block (synthesized from anionic sulfinyl precursor route polymerization) was synthesized and subsequently coupled to azide-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) of different lengths. Self-assembly of these materials in aqueous solution demonstrate successful micelle formation with core-shell morphology and different sizes for these PPV-b-PEG block copolymers as is confirmed by TEM and DLS measurements respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Anionic polymerization
  • Block copolymers
  • CuAAC conjugation
  • Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)

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