Miktoarm star copolymers of poly(ε-caprolactone) from a novel heterofunctional initiator

Dimitrios Priftis, Marinos Pitsikalis*, Nikos Hadjichristidis

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A novel heterofunctional initiator, synthesized from pentaerythritol in a three step reaction sequence with two ring opening polymerization (ROP) and two atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiating sites, was used to prepare A2B2 miktoarm star copolymers of poly(ε-caprolactone), PεCL, with polystyrene, PS, poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate), PDMAEMA, and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), PHEMA. A2B miktoarm stars, A being PεCL or poly(δ-valerolactone), PδVL and B PS were also prepared from ω,ω-dihydroxy-PS, synthesized from ω-Br-PS and serinol, by ROP of εCL or δVL. All polymers were characterized by size exclusion chromatography, 1H NMR spectroscopy, and membrane osmometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5164-5181
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 15 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization
  • Heterofunctional initiator
  • Miktoarm stars
  • Polyesters
  • Ring opening polymerization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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