Tetracrystalline Tetrablock Quarterpolymers: Four Different Crystallites under the Same Roof.

Nikos Hadjichristidis, Viko Ladelta, Georgios Zapsas, Edy Abou-Hamad, Yves Gnanou

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Multicrystalline block copolymers having three or more crystalline segments are essential materials for the advancement of physics in the field of crystallinity. Due to the challenging synthesis of multicrystalline polymers only a limited number of tricrystalline terpolymers are reported until now. We report, for the first time, the synthesis of poly(ethylene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(L-Lactide) (PE-b-PEO-b-PCL-b-PLLA) tetracrystalline tetrablock quarterpolymer, by combining polyhomologation, ring-opening polymerization, and an organic/metal “catalyst switch” strategy.1H NMR spectroscopy and gel-permeation chromatography confirm the formation of the tetrablock quarterpolymer, while differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and wide-line separation solid-state NMR spectroscopy reveal the existence of four different crystalline domains.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16267-16274
Number of pages8
JournalAngewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
Issue number45
StatePublished - Aug 26 2019


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