SYNTHESIS OF CYCLIC POLY( ε -CAPROLACTONE) BY …
Synthesis of Thiol-Terminated Poly( ε -caprolactone)
A series of mixed, random cylindrical brush copolymers bearing polystyrene (PS) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) side chains were synthesized via the combination of ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). These novel cylindrical brush copolymers have been characterized by means of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). It was found that the mikto-armed cylindrical brush copolymers were microphase-separated in bulks and that the morphologies were dependent on the mass ratios of PS to PCL side chains. One of the cylindrical brush copolymers was employed to incorporate into epoxy thermoset to investigate effect of the mikto-armed cylindrical brush architecture on the reaction-induced microphase separation behavior. Depending on the concentration of the cylindrical brush in epoxy, the thermosets can display the morphologies with the spherical, worm-like and lamellar PS microdomains dispersing in continuous thermosetting matrices.
Click Chemistry Publications - Scripps Research Institute
N2 - Segmented poly(urethane urea)s (SPUUs) based on aliphatic diisocyanato (2,6-diisocyanato methyl caproate (lysine-based diisocyanate, LDI)), poly(ε-caprolactone diol)s (PCLs) with molecular weights 530, 1250 and 2000, and 1,4-butanediamine were synthesized in absence of catalyst. The resulting SPUUs, with different soft segment length, were characterized by suitable analytical techniques. The synthesized SPUUs had high molecular weights, low glass-transition temperatures (≤-15°C) and high elongation-at-break. The degradation of SPUUs in alkaline solution and in vitro drug release of sulfamethoxazole in pH 7.4 buffer were investigated. In addition, the degradation behavior of PCL1250-based SPUU was investigated by exposing to a buffer solution and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) tests in an activated sludge. The drug release data was analyzed by an empirical equation ((Mt/M∞)=ktn ). Finally, NIH3T3 fibroblasts have been used for cell-adhesion studies on these materials to investigate the biocompatibility. The synthesized SPUUs combine physical and bioresponsive and biodegradable properties that might be employed in wound dressing, drug delivery and tissue-engineering applications.