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Water soluble hyperbranched polymers from controlled radical homopolymerization of PEG diacrylate

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Abstract

A series of water soluble PEG based hyperbranched polymers were successfully synthesized by homopolymerization of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) (Mn = 575 and 700 g mol−1 respectively) via vinyl oligomer combination. The homopolymerization of diacrylate macromers underwent a slow vinyl propagation combined with a polycondensation by coupling of reactive oligomers. At a high initiator-to-monomer ratio (e.g. 1 : 2), high monomer conversions up to 96% were achieved in concentrated reaction conditions (60% w/v) without gelation. The hyperbranched polymers obtained from homopolymerization of PEGDA575 show concentration-dependent thermoresponsive properties in aqueous solutions.

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The article was received on 21 Jan 2015, accepted on 07 Apr 2015 and first published on 07 Apr 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01253H
Citation: RSC Adv., 2015,5, 33823-33830
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    Water soluble hyperbranched polymers from controlled radical homopolymerization of PEG diacrylate

    T. Zhao, H. Zhang, D. Zhou, Y. Gao, Y. Dong, U. Greiser, H. Tai and W. Wang, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 33823
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01253H

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