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Synthesis and modification of thermoresponsive poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) via catalytic chain transfer polymerization and thiolene Michael addition

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Various poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)s (POEGMEMAs) have been prepared by Catalytic Chain Transfer Polymerization (CCTP) using a range of OEGMEMA monomers (molecular weight from 180 to 1100 g mol−1). The chain transfer constants of bis(boron difluorodimethylglyoximate) cobalt(II) (CoBF) were determined and are reported for each monomer. The copolymerization of POEGMEMA (Mn = 475 g mol−1) with diethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate (DEGMEMA) yielded thermoresponsive polymers. The lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) of the polymer chains can be tuned by the copolymer composition over the range 30 °C to 95 °C. In addition, the presence of the vinylic end-group, characteristic of CCT polymerization, provided further scope for post-synthetic modification via thiolene click chemistry, through nucleophilic Michael addition with various functional thiol compounds such as 2-mercaptoethanol, 3-mercaptopropionic acid, benzyl mercaptan and 1-dodecanethiol. The thiolene reaction was rigorously tested, optimized and characterized in this study in terms of solvents and most importantly the choice of the catalyst: dimethyl phenyl phosphine, tertiary amine or hexylamine. The optimum conditions reported allow near-quantitative functionalization of these macromonomers without significant side reactions. The effect of the end-group on the LCST has also been investigated, as well as thermal stability temperature of the copolymers.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and modification of thermoresponsive poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) via catalytic chain transfer polymerization and thiol–ene Michael addition

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The article was received on 16 Nov 2010, accepted on 15 Dec 2010 and first published on 24 Jan 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00372G
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2011,2, 815-822
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    Synthesis and modification of thermoresponsive poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) via catalytic chain transfer polymerization and thiolene Michael addition

    A. H. Soeriyadi, G. Li, S. Slavin, M. W. Jones, C. M. Amos, C. R. Becer, M. R. Whittaker, D. M. Haddleton, C. Boyer and T. P. Davis, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 815
    DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00372G

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