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One‐pot synthesis of block copolymers by ring‐opening polymerization and ultraviolet light‐induced ATRP at ambient temperature

ABSTRACT

We successfully synthesized poly(l‐lactide)‐b‐poly (methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers at ambient temperature by combining ultraviolet light‐induced copper‐catalyzed ATRP and organo‐catalyzed ring‐opening polymerization (ROP) in one‐pot. The polymerization processes were carried out by three routes: one‐pot simultaneous ATRP and ROP, one‐pot sequential ATRP followed by ROP, and one‐pot sequential ROP followed by ATRP. The structure of the block copolymers is confirmed by nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography, which suggests that the polymerization method is facile and attractive for preparing block copolymers. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2018.

poly(l‐lactide)‐b‐poly(methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers were synthesized by combining UV‐induced ATRP and ring‐opening polymerization (ROP) at ambient temperature in one‐pot. DBU acted not only as the ligand of copper (I) bromide in ultraviolet light‐induced ATRP but also as the catalyst of organocatalyzed ROP. It appears to be a potential method and is expected to be used for the synthesis of block copolymers with multifunctional groups and advanced properties.

Authors:   Lin Lei, Feifei Li, Haixiu Zhao, Yuntao Wang
Journal:   Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Year:   2018
Pages:   n/a
DOI:   10.1002/pola.28940
Publication date:   19-Jan-2018
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