Synthesis of poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-polystyrene containing a crown ether unit at the junction point via combination of atom transfer radical polymerization and nitroxide mediated radical polymerization routes

Ozcan Altintas, Ismail Yilmaz, Gurkan Hizal, Umit Tunca

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Abstract

Poly(methyl methacrylate)-b-polystyrene (PMMA-b-PS) containing a benzo15-crown-5 unit at the junction point was prepared by combining atom transfer radical polymerization and nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization. For this purpose, 6,7,9,10,12,13,15,16-octahydro-5,8,11,14,17-pentaoxa- benzocyclopentadecene-2-carbox-ylic acid 3-(2-bromo-2-methyl-propionyloxy)-2- methyl-2-[2-phenyl-2-(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidin-1-yloxy)-ethoxycarbonyl] -propyl ester (3) was synthesized and used as an initiator in atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate in the presence of CuCl and pentamethyldiethylenetriamine at 60°C. A linear behavior was observed in both plots of In([M]0/[M]) versus time and Mn,GPC versus conversion indicating that the polymerization proceeded in a controlled/living manner. Thus obtained PMMA precursor was used as a macroinitiator in nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization of styrene (St) at 125 C to give well-defined PMMA-b-PS with crown ether per chain. Kinetic data were also obtained for copolymerization. Moreover, potassium picrate (K+ picrate) complexation of 3 and PMMA-b-PS copolymer was studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3242-3249
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume44
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2006

Keywords

  • Atom transfer radical polymerization
  • Crown ether
  • Diblock copolymer
  • Nitroxide-mediated free-radical polymerization

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