Toward an easy access to dendrimer-like poly(ethylene oxide)s

Xiaoshuang Feng, Daniel Taton*, Elliot L. Chaikof, Yves Gnanou

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Dendrimer-like poly(ethylene oxide)s (PEOs) were synthesized by an iterative divergent approach combining anionic polymerization of ethylene oxide from multi-hydroxylated precursors and branching reactions of PEO chain ends. Partial deprotonation of the hydroxyls (<30%) and use of dimethyl sulfoxide as solvent proved crucial for a "controlled/living" polymerization of ethylene oxide at room temperature. These sequences of reactions allowed us to prepare a dendrimer-like PEO up to the eighth generation with a molar mass of 900 000 g mol-1 and 384 external hydroxyl functions. All samples from generation 1 to 8 were characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy, light scattering, and viscometry. The evolution of the intrinsic viscosity versus the generation number of these dendrimer-like PEO is similar to that of regular dendrimers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10956-10966
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number31
StatePublished - Aug 10 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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