Effect of radical copolymerization of the (oxa)norbornene end-group of RAFT-prepared macromonomers on bottlebrush copolymer synthesis via ROMP
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AbstractBottlebrush polymers are attractive for use in a variety of different applications. Here we report synthesis of two novel trithiocarbonate RAFT agents bearing either a oxanorbornyl or norbornenyl moiety for bottlebrush synthesis via ROMP grafting-through polymerization. RAFT polymerization kinetics were evaluated as a function of monomer type, degree of polymerization (DP) and RAFT agent structure. The correlation between oxa/norbornenyl moiety and the type of RAFT monomer (methyl acrylate, n-butyl acrylate, and styrene) has been investigated. The reactivity of the oxa/norbornenyl group of the RAFT agent towards the radical propagating species during RAFT polymerization influences the molar mass, molar mass distribution and the residual olefinic end-group functionality of the resulting polymeric macromonomers. The RAFT synthesized macromonomers (MMs) are subjected to “grafting-through” ROMP using Grubbs 3rd generation catalyst, resulting in bottlebrush polymers. The ‘defects’ in MMs structure have been found responsible for higher MMs residue after the ROMP process and hence affect the microstructure of synthesized bottlebrush polymers.
CitationNaguib, M., Nixon, K. and Keddie, D. (2022) Effect of radical copolymerization of the (oxa)norbornene end-group of RAFT-prepared macromonomers on bottlebrush copolymer synthesis via ROMP. Polymer Chemistry, 13 (10), pp. 1401-1410 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D1PY01599K
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Royal Society of Chemistry in Polymer Chemistry on 02/02/2022, available online: https://doi.org/10.1039/D1PY01599K The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
SponsorsM. Naguib would like to thank the Cultural Affairs & Missions Sector of Egypt for financial support. D.J.K. acknowledges the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton for funding.
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