Ring-opening polymerization of imidazole epoxides for the synthesis of imidazole-substituted polyethylene oxides

Sean M. Ramirez, John M. Layman, Philippe Bissel, Timothy Edward Long

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The synthesis and polymerization of imidazole-substituted epoxides, a novel family of monomers and polymers, for potential incorporation into polymeric therapeutics, ion- transport membranes, and catalysis/metal coordination has been reported. Imidazole-substituted epoxide monomers, l-tritylimidazole-2- ethylene oxide (TTm-2-EO) and l-tritylimidazole-4-ethylene oxide (TTm-4-EO), were prepared using a three-step and two-step synthetic approach starting from imidazole (Tm) or imidazole-4-car- boxaldehyde (Tm-4-ca). The ability to tune molecular weight, topology, architecture, and functionality has catalyzed the discovery of biocompatible polymers for emerging biomedical technologies. The polymerization reactions were initially yellow, heterogeneous solutions that became homogeneous as polymerization progressed. Novel imidazole-substituted epoxide monomers were successfully synthesized and polymerized using anionic ROP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8010-8012
Number of pages3
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 10
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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