Tetrazine-Mediated Postpolymerization Modification

Sarthak Jain, Kevin Neumann, Yichuan Zhang, Jin Geng, Mark Bradley

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A new and highly efficient polymer, postpolymerization, modification platform based on an inverse electron demand Diels–Alder reaction is reported. Well-defined polymers were synthesized from allyl glycidyl ether and glycidol by anionic ring-opening polymerization with postpolymerization modifications conducted with a number of tetrazine derivatives that carried functional groups spanning from carboxylates and esters to primary amines. Analysis of polymerization kinetics by real-time 1H NMR, and GPC revealed a rapid and high degree of side-chain conversion (>99%), with the generation of well-defined functional polymers, in both organic and aqueous solvents, without the need for additives or catalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5438-5443
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2016


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