Synthesis of exact comb polybutadienes with two and three branches

Anastasia Nikopoulou, Hermis Iatrou, David J. Lohse, Nikos Hadjichristidis*

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Two methodologies, based on living star polymers and anionic polymerization high vacuum techniques, were used for the synthesis of exact comb polybuta- dienes (PBds) with two (C-2 or H-type) and three identical branches (symmetric, sC- 3, H-type with an extra identical branch at the middle of the connector and asymmetric, aC-3, H-type with the extra identical branch at any other position along the connector). The first methodology involves (a) the selective replacement of the two chlorines of 4-(dichloromethylsilyl)diphenylethylene (DCMSDPE, key molecule) with 3-arm star PBds, by titration with identical (C-2, sC-3) or different (aC-3) living 3- arm star PBds, (b) the addition of s-BuLi to the double bond of DPE, and (c) the polymerization of butadiene from the newly created anionic site (sC-3, aC-3).The second methodology involves the reaction of living stars with dichlorodimethylsilane (C-2) or the selective replacement of the three chlorines of trichloromethylsilane with star and linear chains (sC-3, aC-3). Intermediate and final products were characterized via size exclusion chromatography, low angle laser light scattering and 1H-NMR. The first methodology does not require fractionation, but in contrast to the second methodology, cannot afford polymers with branches of identical molecular weight. Both methods are general and can be extended to combs with two or three different branches at controllable positions along the backbone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2597-2607
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Anionic polymerization
  • Exact comb
  • Light scattering
  • Living star
  • Polybutadiene
  • Size exclusion chromatography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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