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Title: Synthesizing a Trefoil Knotted Block Copolymer via Ring-Expansion Strategy

We synthesized a synthetic trefoil knotted poly(e-caprolatone) block-poly(L-lactide) (TK-PLA-b-PCL) via a ring expansion strategy from a trefoil knotted tin (Sn) initiator. Ring closing reaction between the bis-copper(I) templated phenanthro line complex and dibutyldimethoxytin results in a templated trefoil knotted initiator. Furthermore, the bis-copper(I) templated trefoil knotted poly(L-lactide) (TK-PLA) can be synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of L-lactide monomer, and decomplexation reaction of the templated TK-PLA will result in a geniune TK-PLA without constraint from the copper template. Subsequent insertion of e caprolactone in the bis-copper(I) templated TK-PLA forms the templated trefoil knotted block copolymer, i.e., TK-PLA-b-PCL, and the copper-free TK-PLA-b-PCL can be obtained by decomplexation reaction. Finally, both TK-PLA and TK-PLA-b-PCL are analyzed by the 1 H NMR, FT-IR, UV-vis, DLS, and GPC.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. ORNL
  2. Case Western Reserve University
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; NSF-1608457; NSF-1333651
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Macromolecules
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 50; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0024-9297
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE
OSTI Identifier:
1354670