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New Block Copolymers with Poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) as a Double Stimuli-Responsive Block

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  • Felix Schacher,

    1. Makromolekulare Chemie II, and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen, Universität Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Markus Müllner,

    1. Makromolekulare Chemie II, and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen, Universität Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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  • Holger Schmalz,

    Corresponding author
    1. Makromolekulare Chemie II, and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen, Universität Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
    • Makromolekulare Chemie II, and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen, Universität Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany.
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  • Axel H. E. Müller

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    1. Makromolekulare Chemie II, and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen, Universität Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
    • Makromolekulare Chemie II, and Bayreuther Zentrum für Kolloide und Grenzflächen, Universität Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany.
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Abstract

The synthesis of several diblock copolymers with DMAEMA via anionic polymerization is presented; PS-b-PDMAEMA, PB-b-PDMAEMA, poly(p-tert-butoxystyrene)-b-PDMAEMA, and PEO-b-PDMAEMA. The latter was synthesized using sec-butyllithium as initiator in presence of the phosphazene base t-BuP4, enabling a facile changeover from an oxyanion to a carbanion. All reactions resulted in narrowly distributed block copolymers (PDI < 1.1). For PEO-b-PDMAEMA, diblock copolymers with a high blocking efficiency and a near-narrow molecular weight distribution (PDI < 1.40) could be prepared. The advantage of the presented one-pot synthesis is a significant higher blocking efficiency compared to commercially available PEO macroinitiators under similar conditions.

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