Macromolecules 2020 Oct 1;53(19):8352-8359. Epub 2020 Sep 1.
Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523, United States.
Organocatalyzed photoredox radical ring-opening polymerization (rROP) of vinylcyclopropanes (VCPs) is employed for the synthesis of polymers with controlled molecular weight (MW), dispersity, and composition. Herein, we report the study on the rROP of a variety of VCP monomers bearing diverse functional groups (such as amide, alkene, ketal, urea, hemiaminal ether, and so on) under organocatalyzed conditions with varying light sources and temperature. Notably, VCP monomers bearing natural product functionality or their derivatives can be polymerized in a controlled manner to produce poly(VCPs) with predictable MW, low dispersity, tunable composition, high thermal stability, and tailored glass transition temperature ( ), ranging 39 to 107 °C. Read More