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Synthesis And Interfacial Behavior Of Functional Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers Prepared By Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization, Kurt E. Breitenkamp Feb 2009

Synthesis And Interfacial Behavior Of Functional Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers Prepared By Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization, Kurt E. Breitenkamp

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This thesis describes the synthesis and application of a new series of amphiphilic graft copolymers with a hydrophobic polyolefin backbone and pendent hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafts. These copolymers are synthesized by ruthenium benzylidene-catalyzed ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of PEG-functionalized cyclic olefin macromonomers to afford polycyclooctene- graft -PEG (PCOE- g -PEG) copolymers with a number of tunable features, such as PEG graft density and length, crystallinity, and amphiphilicity. Macromonomers of this type were prepared first by coupling chemistry using commercially available PEG monomethyl ether derivatives and a carboxylic acid-functionalized cycloctene. In a second approach, macromonomers possessing a variety of ...