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ABSTRACT: A novel route to synthesize catenated macrocyclic PS-PMMA block copolymers is demonstrated via combination of supramolecular chemistry and controlled radical polymerization (CRP). Polymerization of styrene with bromopropionate ester initiator coupled with phenanthroline Cu(I) complex affords a four arm PS macroinitiator, which upon further chain extension by polymerization of MMA generates a four arm PS-PMMA block copolymer. Intramolecular coupling of PS-PMMA-Br arms via low temperature styrene-assisted atom transfer radical coupling (ATRC) leads to the formation of PS-PMMA catenand, which generates the metal-free catenated macrocyclic PS-PMMA block copolymer after removal of Cu metal. The interlocked structures of catenated block copolymers are confirmed by GPC, NMR, and AFM image analysis.
University of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
- Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering