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Synthesis of multi-arm star thermo-responsive polymers and topology effects on phase transition

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Two kinds of linear and star thermo-responsive polymers of poly(N-acryloylsarcosine methyl ester) [(PNASME)n] and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) [(PNIPAM)n] with arm number n = 1, 2, 3 and 4 were synthesized following a core-first method via solution RAFT polymerization employing a series of mono- and multi-functional chain transfer agents (CTAs). It is found that the phase transition of the two thermo-responsive star polymers of (PNASME)n and (PNIPAM)n is firmly correlative to the polymer topology. That is, linear polymers have a higher phase transition temperature (PTT) than star polymers and the PTT of star polymers generally decreases with increasing arm number n. Star (PNASME)n is more dehydrated at temperature above PTT than the linear one. The possible reasons leading to the lower PTT and higher dehydrated degree of star polymers than linear ones are discussed, and the compact conformation of star polymers is ascribed.

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The article was received on 16 Mar 2018, accepted on 09 Apr 2018 and first published on 09 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00422F
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2018,9, 2625-2633
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    Synthesis of multi-arm star thermo-responsive polymers and topology effects on phase transition

    M. Cao, G. Han, W. Duan and W. Zhang, Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 2625
    DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00422F

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