Densely grafted polyisocyanides synthesized by two types of polymerization techniques

Yanqing Tian, Yi Li, Tomokazu Iyoda

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A series of novel polyisocyanide-graft-polystyrenes and polyisocyanide-graft-[polystyrene-block-poly(butyl acrylate)]s were synthesized through the grafting-through and grafting-from routes with two types of living polymerization techniques: polymerization with the Pd-Pt μ-ethynediyl dinuclear complex as the initiator and catalyst for the polyisocyanide backbone and atom transfer radical polymerization for the grafted side chain. Through the introduction of a chiral center at the side chain of the polyisocyanide backbone, helical grafted and graft block polyisocyanides were prepared through the grafting-from method. All of the obtained polymers exhibited polydispersities in the range of 1.07-1.41. This might have been the first time grafted polyisocyanides were prepared, especially helical grafted polyisocyanides, through the operation of two living polymerization techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1871-1880
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)
  • Block copolymers
  • Helical polymers
  • Living polymerization
  • Polyisocyanides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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