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Palladium-containing polymers via a combination of RAFT and triazole chemistry

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Polystyrene based copolymers with palladium-ligating side groups were obtained by RAFT polymerization of chloromethyl styrene and styrene, subsequent azide transformation and quantitative copper-mediated 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of ethynyl pyridine. Variable copolymer compositions were synthesized ranging from 10% to 50% with respect to the fraction of the palladium-ligating comonomer. The successful loading of the polymers with PdCl2 employing [Pd(COD)Cl2] (COD = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) as the metal source was confirmed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and elemental analysis. Absolute molecular weights of the Pd-containing polymers ranging from Mw = 16 000 g mol−1 to 20 000 g mol−1 were determined by employing static light scattering (SLS). In order to fully clarify the incorporation of palladium into the polymers, a PdCl2 complex of a chelating N donor ligand featuring the characteristic heterocyclic donor functions used to incorporate PdCl2 in the polymer was synthesized and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and NMR analysis.

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2012, accepted on 17 May 2012 and first published on 22 Jun 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20242E
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 2413-2420
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    Palladium-containing polymers via a combination of RAFT and triazole chemistry

    C. Lang, C. Kiefer, E. Lejeune, A. S. Goldmann, F. Breher, P. W. Roesky and C. Barner-Kowollik, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2413
    DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20242E

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