Facile postpolymerization end-modification of RAFT polymers

Jason M. Spruell, Benjamin A. Levy, Alexander Sutherland, William R. Dichtel, Joy Y. Cheng, J. Fraser Stoddart, Alshakim Nelson*

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One-pot methods for the end-group postpolymerization modification of reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) derived polymers were investigated. Dithioester-terminated polymers were transformed into ω-functionalized polymers through conjugate addition of a variety of acrylates with an intermediate thiol. These methods provide a versatile means of introducing a variety of functionalities onto the polymer terminus, while simultaneously removing the residual dithiobenzoate group. A series of functionalized polymethylmethacrylate-b-polystyrene (PMMA-b-PS) polymers were synthesized utilizing the developed methods to probe the effect of charged end groups on diblock copolymer phase separation in thin films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-356
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2009


  • Block copolymer
  • Phase separation
  • Postpolymerization modification
  • Reduction/conjugation
  • Reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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