Degradable polymer networks and star polymers based on mixtures of two cleavable dimethacrylate crosslinkers: Synthesis, characterization, and degradation
SourceJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
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Mixtures of two cleavable dimethacrylate crosslinkers, the hydrolyzable di(methacryloyloxy-1-ethoxy)methane (DMOEM) and the thermolyzable 1,1-ethylenediol dimethacrylate (EDDMA), were used for the preparation of neat crosslinker polymer networks, randomly crosslinked polymer networks of methyl methacrylate (MMA), and star polymers of MMA, using group transfer polymerization in tetrahydrofuran (THF). All star polymers and randomly crosslinked polymer networks containing mixtures of the hydrolyzable DMOEM and the thermolyzable EDDMA crosslinkers gave THF-soluble final products when subjected to sequential thermolysis and hydrolysis, in this order. When applying sequential hydrolysis and thermolysis, only the star polymers with an EDDMA crosslinker content equal to or higher than 50% gave THF-soluble final products. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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