Visible light induced one-pot synthesis of amphiphilic hyperbranched copolymers

Aydogan C., Çiftçi M., Asiri A. M., Yagci Y.

POLYMER, vol.158, pp.90-95, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 158
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.polymer.2018.10.058
  • Journal Name: POLYMER
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.90-95
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Dimanganese decacarbonyl (Mn-2(CO)(10)) and alkyl halide combination has unique visible light radical generating property which is useful in the fabrication of many complex macromolecular structures. Herein, we present a generic simple and rapid synthetic approach for the preparation amphiphilic hyperbranched macromolecular structures with controlled branching density and hydrophilicity. The method is based on the visible light induced self-condensing vinyl copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA), 2-(2-bromoisobutryloxy) ethyl methacrylate (BIBEM) and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate as monomer, inimer and hydrophilic comonomer, respectively, in the presence of Mn-2(CO)(10). The resulting polymers possess both hydrophobic and hydrophilic sequences offering many potential bio applications such as controlled drug delivery and release. Moreover, the resulting polymers contain also unreacted bromide groups in the final structure which allow postfunctionalization through copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition "click" reactions.