Block copolymer synthesis in one shot concurrent metal-free ATRP and ROP processes under sunlight

Cansu Aydogan, Ceren Kutahya, Andrit Allushi, Gorkem Yilmaz*, Yusuf Yagci

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Abstract

A completely metal-free strategy was developed by combining Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) and Ring Opening Polymerization (ROP) for the syntheses of block copolymers. These two different metal-free controlled/living polymerizations, which have no effect on each other, were concurrently realized in one reaction medium. Using a specifically designed bi-functional initiator, possessing primary hydroxyl and tertiary bromide functionalities, vinyl and lactone monomers were simultaneously polymerized under sunlight, by metal-free strategies. Spectral and chromatographic results reveal that the synthetic approach applied produces block copolymers in a controlled manner, free from homopolymers, and with narrow molecular weight distributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2899-2903
Number of pages5
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Volume8
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2017

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