pH-Tunable Thermoresponsive PEO-Based Functional Polymers with Pendant Amine Groups

Joonhee Lee, Alaina J. McGrath, Craig J. Hawker, Byeong-Su Kim

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Abstract

Thermoresponsive polymers exhibiting lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) in aqueous solution have garnered considerable attention for the development of smart materials. Herein, we report the synthesis and properties of pH-tunable thermoresponsive poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based functional polymers bearing pendant amine groups with varying cloud points. Well-defined poly(ethylene oxide-co-allyl glycidyl ether) (P(EO-co-AGE)) copolymers were prepared via controlled anionic ring-opening copolymerization of ethylene oxide (EO) with 10 mol % of a functional allyl glycidyl ether (AGE) comonomer. Facile, modular thiol-ene click chemistry was then employed to introduce a library of different aminothiols as side chains to the initial P(EO-co-AGE) copolymer. Depending on the nature of the pendant amine groups (primary amine, dimethylamine, and diethylamine) and the hydrophobicity of the side chains (ethyl, propyl, and hexyl), the cloud points could be tuned from 44-100 °C under different pH conditions. This is the first systematic investigation into the effect of PEO copolymer side chains on cloud point, which opens up the opportunity to make new thermoresponsive polymers for a variety of smart material applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1391-1396
Number of pages6
JournalACS Macro Letters
Volume5
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 20

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Functional polymers
Polyethylene oxides
Amines
Ethylene Oxide
Ethers
Intelligent materials
Copolymers
Polymers
Ethylene
Bearings (structural)
Oxides
Hydrophobicity
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Copolymerization
allyl glycidyl ether
Temperature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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Lee, Joonhee ; McGrath, Alaina J. ; Hawker, Craig J. ; Kim, Byeong-Su. / pH-Tunable Thermoresponsive PEO-Based Functional Polymers with Pendant Amine Groups. In: ACS Macro Letters. 2016 ; Vol. 5, No. 12. pp. 1391-1396.
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In: ACS Macro Letters, Vol. 5, No. 12, 20.12.2016, p. 1391-1396.

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