Photoreversible chain extension of poly(ethylene glycol)

Scott R. Trenor, Timothy Edward Long, Brian J. Love

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Abstract

Coumarin containing poly(ethylene glycol) monols and diols were prepared in a telechelic fashion using quantitative end group esterification. The coumarin modified poly(ethylene glycol) monols and diols were solution cast into films (1 to 15 μm) and chain extended via the dimerization of the coumarin derivatives with UVA (>300 nm) light irradiation. The coumarin-modified PEG diol doubled in molecular weight, and the molecular weight distribution increased from 1.17 to 2.75 upon exposure to 110 J·cm-2 of UVA light. The chain extended poly(ethylene glycol)s were subsequently converted to their original molecular weight via the photocleavage reaction of the coumarin dimer at 254 nm with less than 2 J·cm-2. The photoreversible chain length modulation was monitored utilizing GPC, DSC and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-723
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Volume205
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr 23
Externally publishedYes

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Polyethylene glycols
glycols
molecular weight
ethylene
Molecular weight
dimerization
Coumarins
Dimerization
casts
Esterification
Molecular weight distribution
Ultraviolet spectroscopy
Chain length
dimers
Dimers
modulation
irradiation
Modulation
Irradiation
Derivatives

Keywords

  • Coumarin
  • Photochemistry
  • Reversible chain-extension
  • Telechelics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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Photoreversible chain extension of poly(ethylene glycol). / Trenor, Scott R.; Long, Timothy Edward; Love, Brian J.

In: Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 205, No. 6, 23.04.2004, p. 715-723.

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Trenor, Scott R. ; Long, Timothy Edward ; Love, Brian J. / Photoreversible chain extension of poly(ethylene glycol). In: Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. 2004 ; Vol. 205, No. 6. pp. 715-723.
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