Journal article

Synthesis of high-order multiblock core cross-linked star polymers

TG McKenzie, JM Ren, DE Dunstan, EHH Wong, GG Qiao

Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry | Wiley: 12 months | Published : 2016


Core cross-linked star (CCS) polymers with radiating arms composed of high-order multiblock copolymers have been synthesized in a one-pot system via iterative copper-mediated radical polymerization. The employed "arm-first" technique ensures the multiblock sequence of the macroinitiator is carried through to the star structure with no arm defects. The versatility of this approach is demonstrated by the synthesis of three distinct star polymers with differing arm compositions, two with an alternating ABABAB block sequence and one with six different block units (i.e. ABCDEF). Owing to the star architecture, CCS polymers in which the arm composition consists of alternating hydrophilic-hydrophob..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council under the Australian Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the Australian Research Council under the Australian Future Fellowship (G.G.Q., FT110100411). T. G. McKenzie acknowledges the award of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) from the Australian Government. The authors acknowledge Dr. Adrian Sulistio for assistance with the GPC instrumentation and Dr. Lynne Waddington for assistance with the TEM imaging.