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See detailSINGLE-MOLECULE AFM STUDY OF ADHESIVE POLYMERS PREPARED BY COBALT-MEDIATED RADICAL POLYMERIZATION AND NITRONE-MEDIATED RADICAL COUPLING
Willet, Nicolas ULg; Sluysmans, Damien ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, September 10)

Well-defined poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) chains prepared by CMRP (cobalt-mediated radical polymerization) were coupled using an alkyne-functional nitrone via NMRC (nitrone-mediated radical coupling).1 In ... [more ▼]

Well-defined poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) chains prepared by CMRP (cobalt-mediated radical polymerization) were coupled using an alkyne-functional nitrone via NMRC (nitrone-mediated radical coupling).1 In all the cases, the coupling efficiencies were close to 90% or higher. The polymers mid-chain functionalized with an alkyne group were then reacted with azide-functionalized atomic force microscopy (AFM) tips via copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). As a result, polymers having a double-branch architecture were linked to AFM tips via a short linker. The structure and the molecular parameters of the polymers were determined by NMR and GPC, whereas the ‘click’ step onto AFM tips was assessed by performing the same CuAAC reaction onto macroscopic surfaces and characterizing them by ATR FT-IR. The adhesive properties of these double-branched polymers were studied by AFM single-molecule force spectroscopy. By performing approach-retraction cycles in solution upon a glass surface, the interaction between single PVAc chains and the surface was investigated. The effect of the double-branch architecture on the adhesion forces was under focus. Setting a residence time of the tip on the surface before retraction was found to have a beneficial influence on the adhesion forces. Signs of multiple interactions acting in parallel were detected in the experimental force-distance traces. [less ▲]

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See detailInterpolymer radical coupling: A toolbox complementary to controlled radical polymerization
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Progress in Polymer Science (2012), 37(7), 1004-1030

The current review focuses on the relevance and practical benefit of interpolymer radical coupling methods. The latter are developing rapidly and constitute a perfectly complementary macromolecular ... [more ▼]

The current review focuses on the relevance and practical benefit of interpolymer radical coupling methods. The latter are developing rapidly and constitute a perfectly complementary macromolecular engineering toolbox to the controlled radical polymerization techniques (CRP). Indeed, all structures formed by CRP are likely to be prone to radical coupling reactions, which multiply the available synthetic possibilities. Basically, the coupling systems can be divided in two main categories. The first one, including the atom transfer radical coupling (ATRC), silane radical atom abstraction (SRAA) and cobalt-mediated radical coupling (CMRC), relies on the recombination of macroradicals produced from a dormant species. The second one, including atom transfer nitroxide radical coupling (ATNRC), single electron transfer nitroxide radical coupling (SETNRC), enhanced spin capturing polymerization (ESCP) and nitrone/nitroso mediated radical coupling (NMRC), makes use of a radical scavenger in order to promote the conjugation of the polymer chains. More than a compilation of macromolecular engineering achievements, the present review additionally aims to emphasize the particularities, synthetic potential and present limitations of each system. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of star and H-shape polymers via a combination of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization and nitrone mediated radical coupling reactions
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Altintas, Ozcan et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2012), 3(1), 135-147

Via consecutive cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP), nitrone-mediated radical coupling (NMRC) and copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), polymers with mikto-arm star and H-shape ... [more ▼]

Via consecutive cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP), nitrone-mediated radical coupling (NMRC) and copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), polymers with mikto-arm star and H-shape architecture were synthesized. Poly(vinyl acetate)40-block-poly(acrylonitrile)78-Co(acac)2 polymers were synthesized via CMRC and subsequently coupled using an alkyne functional nitrone. The coupling efficiency of the NMRC process was assessed employing N-tert-butyl a-phenyl nitrone (PBN), which is structurally very similar to the later employed coupling agent. Generally, coupling efficiencies of close to 90% or higher were observed in all cases. Since the coupling reaction yields triblock copolymers bearing an alkoxyamine functionality (and thus also an alkyne group) in the middle of the chain, well defined PEG conjugates could be obtained via CuAAC. Miktoarm star polymers of the structure (PVAc-b-PAN)2-PEG were generated as well as H-shaped material of the structure (PVAc-b-PAN)2-PEG-(PVAc-b-PAN)2 via conjugation with bifunctional PEG. In all cases, very narrow molecular weight material was obtained. Molecular weight analysis of the intermediate and the final products reveals that the hydrodynamic volume of the miktoarm star and the H-shaped materials is not substantially increased during the final conjugation reaction despite the fact that the absolute molecular weight increases by more than a factor of two in the latter case. Success of the conjugation reactions was confirmed via composition analysis via NMR. [less ▲]

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