Effects of Br connected groups on atom transfer nitroxide radical coupling reaction and its application in the synthesis of comb-like block copolymers

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  • Guowei Wang,

    1. Department of Macromolecular Science, The Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymer, State Education Ministry of China, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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  • Yannan Zhang,

    1. Department of Macromolecular Science, The Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymer, State Education Ministry of China, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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  • Junlian Huang

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    1. Department of Macromolecular Science, The Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymer, State Education Ministry of China, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
    • Department of Macromolecular Science, The Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymer, State Education Ministry of China, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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Abstract

The effects of Br connected groups on atom transfer nitroxide radical coupling (ATNRC) reaction were investigated. Two precursors methoxyl poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide-co-2-bromoiso butyryloxy glycidyl ether) (mPEO-b-Poly(EO-co-BiBGE)) and methoxyl poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(2-bromoiso butyryloxy glycidyl ether) (mPEO-b-Poly(BiBGE)) with different [BOND]C(CH3)2Br density were designed and synthesized firstly, and then ATNRC reaction were completed between these precursors and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxy poly(ε-caprolactone) (TEMPO-PCL) in the presence or absence of St monomers, respectively. The results showed that the structure of Br connected groups showed an important effect on ATNRC reaction, and the ATNRC reaction with high efficiency could be realized by transforming the higher active Br connected groups into the lower one by the addition of small amount of St monomers. The final comb-like block copolymers mPEO-b-[Poly(EO-co-Gly)-g-(St1.8-b-PCL)] and mPEO-b-[Poly(Gly)-g-(St2.4-b-PCL)] with high coupling efficiency were obtained by this strategy. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 48: 1633–1640, 2010

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