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Preparation and Separation of Telechelic Carborane-Containing Poly(ethylene glycol)s

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  • Dr. Pavel Matějíček,

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    1. Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Hlavova 2030, 128 40 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)
    • Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Hlavova 2030, 128 40 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)

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  • Dr. Mariusz Uchman,

    1. Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Hlavova 2030, 128 40 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)
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  • Dr. Martin Lepšík,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Flemingovo nam. 2, 166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)
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  • Dr. Martin Srnec,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Flemingovo nam. 2, 166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)
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  • Dr. Jiří Zedník,

    1. Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Hlavova 2030, 128 40 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)
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  • Petr Kozlík,

    1. Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Hlavova 2030, 128 40 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)
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  • Dr. Květa Kalíková

    1. Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Hlavova 2030, 128 40 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)
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Abstract

In the search for biocompatible amphiphilic polymers, carborane-substituted poly(ethylene glycol)s (PEGs) have been prepared in either a linear mono- and disubstituted or starlike tetrasubstituted shape. The reaction was performed by UV-initiated radical thiol/ene coupling of para-carborane-1-thiol to the corresponding allyl-terminated PEG, diallyl-terminated PEG, and tetraallyl-terminated starlike PEG. After the optimization of reaction conditions, the products were characterized by standard spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques. It was also demonstrated that it is possible to separate individual species differing in the number of attached carborane moieties by means of HPLC on an (R,S)-hydroxypropyl-modified β-cyclodextrin column. To understand the mechanism in atomistic and energetic detail, this reaction was examined by means of quantum mechanics (QM) calculations. Further, because the carborane cluster is hypothesized to behave as a radical trap, QM calculations of the stability of various radicals derived from all the stable carboranethiol isomers with thiol group attached either to carbon or boron atoms were performed. The newly prepared carborane PEGs have an amphiphilic structure and might therefore be utilized in bio-oriented applications.

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