Catalytic synthesis of functionalized (polar and non-polar) polyolefin block copolymers

Dylan J. Walsh, Eric Su, Damien Guironnet

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Herein, we report a methodology for the synthesis of polyolefin containing block-copolymers using a catalytic postpolymerization modification strategy. The most common polyolefin grades are converted into macroinitiators using a cross-metathesis reaction. These functionalized polyolefins are then used to initiate living: coordinative ring opening polymerization of lactide, anionic ring opening polymerization of epoxide, and radical polymerization of styrene to yield the corresponding block copolymers. The high activity of the catalysts employed in the different steps offers improved practicality for scalable synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4703-4707
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Science
Issue number20
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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