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Silica/methacrylate class II hybrid: Telomerisation vs. RAFT polymerisation

Abstract

Inorganic-organic co-networks prepared by the sol-gel method are a promising class of materials due to their unique physical and biological properties, especially when covalent bonds are formed between the networks. The polymer structure and composition can have a drastic effect on the synthesis and properties. Here, we compared reversible addition fragmentation chain- transfer (RAFT) with telomerisation (TL), for synthesis of the polymer, to investigate whether refining the polydispersity of polymethacrylate could lead to better and more tailorable properties. 3-(Methoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate was used as a model and successfully synthesised by RAFT and TL using 2-cyano-2-propyl benzodithioate and thioglycerol as chain transfer agents, respectively. The polydispersity of the polymer had a significant effect on the sol-gel process with an increase in gelation time as the polydispersity decreased. Direct correlation was made between the gelation time and Mz, suggesting that the gelation of hybrids followed the percolation model. However, regarding the properties, it is a tie. No statistical difference in silica release and mechanical properties of the resulting hybrids was observed, regardless of the polydispersity of the polymer.

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The article was received on 28 Mar 2017, accepted on 07 May 2017 and first published on 11 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00516D
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Silica/methacrylate class II hybrid: Telomerisation vs. RAFT polymerisation

    A. L. B. Maçon, T. Kasuga, C. R. Becer and J. R. Jones, Polym. Chem., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00516D

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