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Title: Use of a continuous-flow microreactor for thiol-ene functionalization of RAFT-derived poly(butyl acrylate)
Authors: VANDENBERGH, Joke
JUNKERS, Thomas
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
Citation: POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 3 (10), p. 2739-2742
Abstract: This study describes the synthesis of functionalized RAFT-derived poly(n-butyl acrylate) polymers via the use of a continuous-flow microreactor, in which aminolysis as well as thiol-ene reactions are executed in reaction times of just 20 minutes. Poly(n-butyl acrylate) (M-n = 3800 g mol(-1), PDI = 1.10) with a trithiocarbonate end group was prepared via a conventional RAFT process. The polymer was then functionalized via aminolysis/thiol-ene reactions in the micro-flow reactor with isobornyl acrylate, propargyl acrylate, poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether acrylate and pentaerythritol tetraacrylate. To optimize the reaction time and reaction temperature of the micro-flow reactor, freshly collected samples were studied with soft ionization mass spectrometry. With this technique, efficient and very fast aminolysis and subsequent thiol-ene reactions take place on the RAFT-precursor polymer, yielding quantitative end group conversion within 20 min and functionalized polymers of 3700-4000 g mol(-1), depending on the type of acrylate coupled. The use of a continuous-flow microreactor opens the pathway towards upsizing lab scale methods into larger processes without suffering from problems associated with reproducibility and tedious optimization issues.
Notes: Junkers, T (reprint author),[Vandenbergh, Joke; Junkers, Thomas] Univ Hasselt, Polymer React Design Grp, Inst Mat Res IMO, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. thomas.junkers@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14216
DOI: 10.1039/c2py20423a
ISI #: 000308100200011
ISSN: 1759-9954
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
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