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Homo- and diblock copolymers of poly(furfuryl glycidyl ether) by living anionic polymerization: Toward reversibly core-crosslinked micelles

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  • Markus J. Barthel,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), John F. Kennedylaan 2, 5612 AB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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    • Author Markus J. Barthel and Author Tobias Rudolph contributed equally to this work

  • Tobias Rudolph,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
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    • Author Markus J. Barthel and Author Tobias Rudolph contributed equally to this work

  • Sarah Crotty,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), John F. Kennedylaan 2, 5612 AB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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  • Felix H. Schacher,

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    • Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
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  • Ulrich S. Schubert

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), John F. Kennedylaan 2, 5612 AB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Abstract

We report the synthesis and characterization of well-defined homo- and diblock copolymers containing poly(furfuryl glycidyl ether) (PFGE) via living anionic ring-opening polymerization using different initiators. The obtained materials were characterized by SEC, MALDI-TOF MS, and 1H NMR spectroscopy and molar masses of up to 9400 g/mol were obtained for PFGE homopolymers. If the amphiphilic diblock copolymer PEG-block-PFGE was dissolved in water, micelles with a PFGE core and a PEG corona were formed. Hereby, the hydrophobic PFGE core domains were used for the incorporation of a suitable bismaleimide and heating to 60 °C induced the crosslinking of the micellar core via Diels-Alder chemistry. This process was further shown to be reversible. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2012

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