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Title: 2-Isopropenyl-2-oxazoline: Well-Defined Homopolymers and Block Copolymers via Living Anionic Polymerization

Poly(2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline) (PIPOx) has drawn significant attention for numerous applications. However, the successful living anionic polymerization of 2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline has not been reported previously. In this paper, we describe how well-defined PIPOx with quantitative yields, controlled molecular weights from 6800 to over 100 000 g/mol and low polydispersity indices (PDI ≤ 1.17) were synthesized successfully via living anionic polymerization using diphenylmethylpotassium/diethylzinc (DPM-K/Et 2Zn) in tetrahydrofuran (THF) at 0 °C. In particular, we report the precise synthesis of well-defined PIPOx with the highest molecular weight ever reported (over 100 000 g/mol) and low PDI of 1.17. The resulting polymers were characterized by 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) along with size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Additionally, the reactivity of living PIPOx was investigated by crossover block copolymerization with styrene (St), 2-vinylpyridine (2VP), and methyl methacrylate (MMA). It was found that the nucleophilicity of living PIPOx is of this order: living PS > living P2VP > living PMMA > living PIPOx. The self-assembly behavior in bulk of PIPOx-b-PS-b-PIPOx triblock copolymers having different block ratios of 10:80:10 and 25:50:25 was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Finally, the formation of spherical and lamellar nanostructures, respectively, was observed.
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  2. A'Sharqiyah Univ., Ibra (Oman). Dept. of Basic Sciences
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
  4. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Chemical Sciences Division
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Journal Volume: 50; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0024-9297
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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A'Sharqiyah Univ., Ibra (Oman)
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United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Living anionic polymerization; 2-isopropenyl-2-oxazoline; water-soluble polymer; block copolymer
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