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Kai Chang, Nathan C. Rubright, Patti D. Lowery and Lakeshia J. Taite Structural optimization of highly branched thermally responsive polymers as a means of controlling transition temperature Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 51

Article first published online: 14 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.26596

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Highly branched poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) exhibits contrary behaviors to thermal transition temperature compared to linear analogs. These behaviors, such as the extremely low efficacy of end-group modification despite the high number of end groups present on a highly branched molecule lend insight into the pNIPAAm transition and behavior as a branched molecule. Sensitivities of these molecules to various forms of modification are also examined to determine suitability in engineering applications.

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