Conjugated block copolymers

Conjugated block copolymers: A new approach to synthesize rod-coil block copolymers via consecutive Kumada catalyst-transfer polycondensation and nitroxide-mediated free radical polymerization performed from a bifunctional initiator, TIPNO­–Ph–Ni(dppp)–Br was developed. The utility of the method was exemplified in a preparation of a model block copolymer, P3HT–b–PS with a narrow molecular weight distribution.

Figure 1. Preparation of P3HT-PS block copolymer using bifunctional initiator.
Figure 2. Preparation of donor-acceptor block copolymers with covalently bonded fullerene C60. In the first step, styrene-based copolymers with either hydroxystyrene or hydroxyethyl methacrylate as comonomers were prepared. These polymers were reacted with bromine functionalized fullerene derivatives that had been prepared by the Bingel reaction.


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