One-pot preparation of 3-miktoarm star terpolymers via click [3 + 2] reaction

Ozcan Altintas, Burcu Yankul, Gurkan Hizal, Umit Tunca

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The preparation of 3-miktoarm star terpolymers using nitroxide mediated radical polymerization (NMP), ring opening polymerization (ROP), and click reaction [3 + 2] are carried out by applying two types of one-pot technique. In the first one-pot technique, NMP of styrene (St), ROP of ε-caprolactone (ε-CL), and [3 + 2] click reaction (between azide end-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-N3)/or azide end-functionalized poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA-N3) and alkyne) are carried out in the presence of 2-(hydroxymethyl)-2-methyl-3-oxo-3-(2-phenyl-2-(2,2,6,6- tetramethylpiperidin-1-yloxy)ethoxy) propyl pent-4-ynoate, 2, as an initiator for 48 h at 125°C (one-pot/one-step). As a second technique, NMP of St and ROP of ε-CL were conducted using 2 as an initiator for 20 h at 125°C, and subsequently PEG-N3 or azide end-functionalized poly(tert-butyl acrylate (PtBA-N3) was added to the polymerization mixture, followed by a click reaction [3 + 2] for 24 h at room temperature (one-pot/two-step). The 3-miktoarm star terpolymers, PEG-poly(ε-caprolactone)(PCL)-PS, PtBA-PCL-PS and PMMA-PCL-PS, were recovered by a simple precipitation in methanol without further purification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3588-3598
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2007


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC)
  • Miktoarm star terpolymers
  • Nitroxide mediated radical polymerization
  • One-pot technique
  • Ring opening polymerization
  • [3 + 2] click reaction


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