OJPChem  Vol.2 No.2 , May 2012
Synthesis and Characterization of Lactone Functional Macromonomers by End Group Deactivation and Their Use in Miktoarm Star Polymer
Newly designed miktoarm star-shaped copolymers made of poly[(benzyl methacrylate(BMA)-co-(ε-caprolacton)(CL)] and poly[(BMA-b-MMA-b-BMA)-co-ε-caprolacton)(CL)] were synthesized by combining ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (CL) and poly(BMA) five membered lacton fuctionalized prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of BMA, and ε-CL and P(BMA-b-MMA-b-BMA) dual functionalized diblock copolymer, in the presence of tin(II) bis(2-ethylhexanoate) (Sn(Oct)2). Although lactone ended poly(benzyl methacrylate) with ε-caprolactone monomer gave ring open polymerization by Sn(Oct)2, the macromonomer itself did not give any poly- merization The macromonomers, and the miktoarm star-shaped copolymers were analyzed by FT-IR and 1H-NMR spectroscopies and GPC (gel permeation chromatograph), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC-50) and termo- gravimetric analysis (TGA-50). These copolymers exhibited the expected structure. The crystallization of star-shaped copolymers was studied by DSC. The results show that when the content of the BMA block increased, the Tm of the star-shaped block copolymer increased.

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K. Demirelli and F. Bezgin, "Synthesis and Characterization of Lactone Functional Macromonomers by End Group Deactivation and Their Use in Miktoarm Star Polymer," Open Journal of Polymer Chemistry, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2012, pp. 42-55. doi: 10.4236/ojpchem.2012.22006.
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