Controlled radical polymerization and copolymerization of 5-methylene-2-phenyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-one by ATRP

Quinn Smith, Jinyu Huang, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Yueh Lin Loo

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The polymerization and copolymerization of a cyclic acrylate, 5-methylene-2-phenyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-one (MPDO), by conventional radical polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), were determined to occur by 1,2-vinyl addition according to 13C NMR spectroscopy. Copolymerization of MPDO with methyl methacrylate (MMA) or styrene (S) led to copolymers with a much higher MPDO content than originally in the feed, suggesting high reactivity due to its captodative structure. PMPDO-PS copolymers were stable to UV irradiation and basic environments, confirming that copolymerization of MPDO also proceeded by 1,2-vinyl addition rather than ring opening. DSC heating scans of PMPDO-PMMA copolymers show a single T g that increases with increasing MPDO content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5581-5586
Number of pages6
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jun 28 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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