Conformation of Methylcellulose as a Function of Poly(ethylene glycol) Graft Density

Svetlana Morozova, Timothy P. Lodge

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Abstract

Low molecular weight thiol-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (M ∼ 800) has been grafted onto a high molecular weight methylcellulose (MC, Mw ∼ 150000) by a facile thiol-ene click reaction; graft densities varied from 0.7% to 33% (grafts per anhydroglucose unit). Static and dynamic light scattering reveals that the overall radius of the chain increases systematically with graft density, in a manner in excellent agreement with theory. As the contour length remains unchanged, it is apparent that grafting leads to an increase in the persistence length of this semiflexible copolymer, by as much as a factor of 4. These results represent the first experimental verification of the excluded volume theory at low grafting densities, and demonstrate a promising synthetic platform for systematically increasing the persistence length of a model semiflexible, water-soluble polymer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1274-1279
Number of pages6
JournalACS Macro Letters
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 21 2017

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