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Issue 7, 2007
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Unique steric and geometry induced stoichiometries observed in the divergent synthesis of poly(ester-acrylate/amine) (PEA) dendrimers

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Abstract

This work describes the Michael addition of unprotected, branched, (A)x-type acrylate monomers (i.e., trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA); x = 3 or pentaerythritol tetraacrylate (PTA); x = 4) to various mono- and poly-alkyleneamine cores under mild conditions to produce (core: amine); G = 1; [dendri-poly(ester-acrylate)z]; (PEA) type dendrimers in one step. Quite remarkably, this strategy did not necessitate large excess reagent protocols as required for traditional Tomalia-type poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer syntheses, yet produced relatively little oligomeric/polymeric side product. Ideal, mathematically predictable dendrimer structures were obtained in high yield with only modest excesses (i.e., 4.0 moles of monomer/core-NH); whereas, at lower ratios (i.e., 0.5–2.0 moles of monomer/core-NH), non-ideal, geometrically controlled dendrimers possessing, macrocyclic (looped) structures (i.e., geometrically induced stoichiometry (GIS)) were formed when adequate reactivity space was available on the amine scaffolding. However, when amine core reaction sites became highly congested, one observed the formation of well defined, non-ideal dendrimers exhibiting sterically induced stoichiometries (SIS). It is postulated that Michael addition of these nanoscale (i.e., 1–1.5 nm) branched (A)x monomers onto these sub-nanosized linear-α,ω-alkylenediamine or poly(alkyleneamine) scaffoldings produces a highly congested reaction environment even at this early generational state (i.e., G = 1). The observed products appear to be influenced and directed by these consequential steric and geometric space constraints.

Graphical abstract: Unique steric and geometry induced stoichiometries observed in the divergent synthesis of poly(ester-acrylate/amine) (PEA) dendrimers

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2007, accepted on 04 Jun 2007 and first published on 15 Jun 2007


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B700193M
Citation: New J. Chem., 2007,31, 1368-1378
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    Unique steric and geometry induced stoichiometries observed in the divergent synthesis of poly(ester-acrylate/amine) (PEA) dendrimers

    D. R. Swanson, B. Huang, H. G. Abdelhady and D. A. Tomalia, New J. Chem., 2007, 31, 1368
    DOI: 10.1039/B700193M

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