Synthesis and properties of tetrathiafulvalene end-functionalized polymers prepared via RAFT polymerization

Bigot, J., Charleux, B., Cooke, G. , Delattre, F., Fournier, D., Lyskawa, J., Stoffelbach, F. and Woisel, P. (2010) Synthesis and properties of tetrathiafulvalene end-functionalized polymers prepared via RAFT polymerization. Macromolecules, 43(1), pp. 82-90. (doi:10.1021/ma901809a)

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Abstract

The reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique has been employed to synthesize various linear tetrathiafulvalene end-functionalized polymers. n-Butyl acrylate, N-isopropylacrylamide, and styrene monomers were polymerized in the presence of azobis(isobutyronitrile) and a new tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) trithiocarbonate derivative as reversible chain transfer agent. All RAFT polymerizations exhibited pseudo-first-order kinetics, a linear increase of the number-average molar mass (M-n SEC) with conversion and narrow molar mass distributions (polydispersity < 1.3). The resulting homopolymers exhibited alpha-TTF and omega-trithiocarbonyl end groups. Cyclic voltammetry Was Used to investigate the electrochemical properties of the TTF polymers. Finally, we have shown that the TTF moiety at the alpha-chain-end Could be specifically modified by complex formation with the tetracationic cyclophane cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT(4+)) in organic media. Electrochemical oxidation of the TTF moiety resulted in disassembly of the polymer inclusion complex (PIC).

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:BUILDING-BLOCKS COMPLEX COMPLEXES DERIVATIVES ELECTROSYNTHESIS FRAGMENTATION CHAIN TRANSFER LIVING RADICAL POLYMERIZATION N-ISOPROPYLACRYLAMIDE OXIDATION PI-CONJUGATED POLYMERS POLY(ARYLACETYLENE) POLY(N-ISOPROPYLACRYLAMIDE) POLYMERS TTF UNIT
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cooke, Professor Graeme
Authors: Bigot, J., Charleux, B., Cooke, G., Delattre, F., Fournier, D., Lyskawa, J., Stoffelbach, F., and Woisel, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Macromolecules
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:0024-9297
ISSN (Online):1520-5835

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