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Epoxy-functionalised 4-vinylguaiacol for the synthesis of bio-based, degradable star polymers via a RAFT/ROCOP strategy

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Abstract

An epoxy derivative of a naturally occuring vinylphenolic compound, 4-vinylguaiacol (4VGEP), was used for the synthesis of a well-defined (Mw/Mn = 1.08–1.14), bio-based styrene-type polymer. Block copolymers of 4VGEP with styrene and diethylacrylamide were also prepared and used as macro-monomers in metal, and metal-free, ring-opening copolymerisation (ROCOP) with cis-4-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride to form ester cross-linked star polymers in high yields (82–90%), with narrow dispersity (Mw/Mn = 1.27–1.40). Finally, the selective degradation of the ester core of the styrene-based star was achieved under acidic conditions.

Graphical abstract: Epoxy-functionalised 4-vinylguaiacol for the synthesis of bio-based, degradable star polymers via a RAFT/ROCOP strategy

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Submitted
18 Jun 2020
Accepted
19 Aug 2020
First published
19 Aug 2020

This article is Open Access

Polym. Chem., 2020,11, 5844-5850
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Paper

Epoxy-functionalised 4-vinylguaiacol for the synthesis of bio-based, degradable star polymers via a RAFT/ROCOP strategy

T. M. McGuire, M. Miyajima, M. Uchiyama, A. Buchard and M. Kamigaito, Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 5844
DOI: 10.1039/D0PY00878H

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