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Issue 21, 2016
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Well-defined (co)polypeptides bearing pendant alkyne groups

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A novel metal-free strategy, using hydrogen-bonding catalytic ring opening polymerization of alkyne-functionalized N-carboxy anhydrites of α-amino acids, was developed for the synthesis of well-defined polypeptides bearing pendant alkyne groups. This method provides an efficient way to synthesize novel alkyne-functionalized homopolypeptides (A) and copolypeptides, such as AB diblock (B: non-functionalized), ABA triblock and star-AB diblock, as well as linear and star random copolypeptides, which are precursors of a plethora of complex macromolecular architectures by click chemistry.

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2016, accepted on 17 Mar 2016 and first published on 18 Mar 2016

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY00365F
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2016,7, 3487-3491

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    Well-defined (co)polypeptides bearing pendant alkyne groups

    W. Zhao, Y. Gnanou and N. Hadjichristidis, Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 3487
    DOI: 10.1039/C6PY00365F

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