Block copolymers of styrene and p-acetoxystyrene with polyisobutylene by combination of living carbocationic and atom transfer radical polymerizations

Xianyi Chen, Béla Iván, Jørgen Kops, Walther Batsberg

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Successful combination of quasiliving carbocationic (QLCP) and atom transfer radical polymerizations (ATRP) was carried out by initiating ATRP with polyisobutylene (PIB) macroinitiators obtained by QLCP. It has been found that 1-chloro-1-phenylethyl-telechelic PIBs with M̄n of 7 800 and 30 700 are efficient macroinitiators for ATRP of styrene in bulk and in xylene solution and for p-acetoxystyrene (pAc-OSt) in xylene. Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) traces clearly indicated quantitative initiation and the formation of the desired polystyrene-block-polyisobutylene-block-polystyrene (PSt-PIB-PSt) and PpAcOSt-PIB-PpAcOSt triblock copolymers. Experiments also revealed absence of thermal self-initiation of styrene under ATRP conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-589
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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