Aminolysis induced functionalization of (RAFT) polymer-dithioester with thiols and disulfides

Hess, A., Schmidt, B. V.K.J. and Schlaad, H. (2020) Aminolysis induced functionalization of (RAFT) polymer-dithioester with thiols and disulfides. Polymer Chemistry, 11(48), pp. 7677-7684. (doi: 10.1039/D0PY01365J)

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Abstract

A series of polystyrene- and poly(methyl methacrylate)-dithioesters was subjected to aminolysis under ambient atmospheric conditions, i.e., in the presence of oxygen. Polymer disulfide coupling by oxidation occurred within tens of minutes and the yield of disulfide-coupled polymer increased with decreasing polymer molar mass. Oxidation of thiolates is usually an unwanted side reaction, here it is employed to obtain exclusively polymeric mixed disulfides through in situ aminolysis/functionalization in the presence of a thiol. The in situ aminolysis/functionalization in the presence of a disulfide, Ellman's reagent or polymer disulfide, resulted in the exclusive formation of polymer-dithionitrobenzoic acid, which can be further reacted with a thiol to exchange the terminal functionality, or block copolymer with dynamic disulfide linker, respectively.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schmidt, Dr Bernhard
Authors: Hess, A., Schmidt, B. V.K.J., and Schlaad, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Polymer Chemistry
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1759-9954
ISSN (Online):1759-9962
Published Online:11 November 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Royal Society of Chemistry
First Published:First published in Polymer Chemistry 11(48):7677:7684
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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