Title

The Direct Polymerization of 2-Methacryloxyethyl Glucoside via Aqueous Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2003

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Abstract

A preliminary study on the direct controlled radical polymerization of a glycomonomer, namely 2-methacryloxyethyl glucoside (MAGlu), under reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFF) polymerization conditions in aqueous media has been conducted. This represents the first example detailing the direct polymerization of a sugar monomer via RAFF and, significantly, has been conducted without protecting group chemistry. 4-Cyano-4-methyl-4-thiobenzoylsulfanyl butyric acid (CTP) was employed as the RAFT chain transfer agent (CTA) due to its inherent water-solubility and its applicability for methacrylic monomers. The homopolymerization displays all the characteristics of a controlled/'living' polymerization-linear increase in M-n with conversion, pseudo-first order kinetics, the final polymers have narrow molecular distributions and novel block copolymers can be prepared. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Polymer

Volume

44

Issue

22

First Page

6761

Last Page

6765