Date of Award
Master of Science in Material Science Engineering (MSMatSE)
Materials Science and Engineering
Garret M. Miyake
Recently, wedge polymers with high molecular weight, size, and rigidity have been designed and synthesized. To date, the complexity of wedge polymers has been limited to the diblock copolymer architecture. This work presents a two-step, one-pot process to make star polymers with wedge polymer arms. After the wedge polymer arms are synthesized, crosslinker species are added to the reaction, rapidly forming star polymers. Crosslinker species with different conformational freedom were designed and synthesized and their performance was evaluated. Mass conversion up to 92% and stars with up to 17 arms were synthesized with the most rigid crosslinker. The effects of arm molecular weight and molar ratio of crosslinker to arm on mass conversion and arms per star were explored further. Finally, the size scaling between the wedge homopolymer and star architectures were compared, verifying theoretical results regarding star polymers with arms much larger than their core.
Learsch, Robert Whitson, "Arm-First Synthesis of Star Polymers with Wedge Polymer Arms Using Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization and Bifunctional Crosslinkers" (2018). Materials Science & Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 6.