Universal Two-Step Approach to Degradable and Electroactive Block Copolymers and Networks from Combined Ring-Opening Polymerization and Post-Functionalization via Oxidative Coupling Reactions
2011 (English)In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 44, no 13, 5227-5236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present a universal strategy for the facile synthesis of degradable and electroactive block copolymers and organogels (DEBCGs) based on aniline oligomers and polyesters in a two-step approach, here exemplified by the preparation of a series of DECBCGs based on aniline tetramer (AT) and poly(e-caprolactone) (PCL). Polyesters with an aniline dimer (AD) segment were first obtained by controlled ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of e-caprolactone initiated by the amine group of AD with or without 2,2-bis(epsilon-caprolactone-4-yl) propane (BCP). The postpolymerization modification via an oxidative coupling reaction between AD and a polyester was then used to form the electroactive segment AT in the copolymers or organogels. The molecular weight and conductivity of the block copolymers and organogels were controlled by the AT content. The chemical structure, electroactivity, and thermal properties of DEBCGs were investigated by FT-IR, NMR, SEC, UV, cyclic voltammetry, TGA, and DSC. Our general strategy for the synthesis of DECBCGs avoids the multiple step reactions and low efficiency involved in previous work.
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2011. Vol. 44, no 13, 5227-5236 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-37154DOI: 10.1021/ma2009595ISI: 000292417800022ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79959959355OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-37154DiVA: diva2:432431