Spacer-length-dependent association in polymers with multiple-hydrogen-bonded end groups

T.F.A. Greef, de, M.J. Kade, K. Feldman, E.J. Kramer, C.J. Hawker, E.W. Meijer

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Herein, we investigate the influence of spacer length on the homoassociation and heteroassociation of end-functionalized hydrogen-bonding polymers based on poly(n-butyl acrylate). Two monofunctional ureido-pyrimidinone (UPy) end-functionalized polymers were prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization using self-complementary UPy-functional initiators that differ in the spacer length between the multiple-hydrogen-bonding group and the chain initiation site. The self-complementary binding strength (Kdim) of these end-functionalized polymers was shown to depend critically on the spacer length as evident from 1H NMR and diffusion-ordered spectroscopy. In addition, the heteroassociation strength of the end-functionalized UPy polymers with end-functionalized polymers containing the complementary 2,7-diamido-1,8-naphthyridine (NaPy) hydrogen-bond motif is also affected when the aliphatic spacer length is too short.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4253-4260
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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