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A one-pot, solvent-free, and controlled synthetic route for thermoresponsive hyperbranched polyurethanes

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Polo Fonseca, Lucas [1] ; Zanata, Daniela de Morais [1] ; Gauche, Cony [1] ; Felisberti, Maria Isabel [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Chem, POB 6154, BR-13 08497 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Polymer Chemistry; v. 11, n. 39, p. 6295-6307, OCT 21 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Hyperbranched polyurethanes (HPUs) are known for their multifunctionality and versatile properties. Despite the importance of this class of polymers, the issues associated with their synthesis remain a challenge, such as the lack of reproducibility, the need for polymerization in diluted solutions to avoid crosslinking, and the need for purification with organic solvents. Here, we report the synthesis of HPUs based on poly(ethylene glycol), polycaprolactone triol, and isophorone diisocyanate by dynamic urea bond-mediated polymerization (DUBMP). This polymerization technique allowed for kinetic control over the molar mass distribution and suppressed the formation of by-products. Besides, gelation was not verified up to 0.91 conversion. Both molar mass and dispersity of the HPUs were precisely tailored by hindered secondary amine/isocyanate molar ratio, time, and temperature of the polymerization. HPUs with molar masses ranging from 4 kDa to 49 kDa, molar mass dispersities ranging from 1.6 to 2.8, and properties varying from viscous liquids to elastomers were obtained by changing the synthetic parameters. Furthermore, amphiphilicity imparted an LCST phase behavior to HPU aqueous solutions, which depends on both their molar mass and composition. Thermoreversible gels were formed at around 30 degrees C, driven by the macroscopic phase separation of HPU aqueous solutions. Finally, HPUs showed high cell viability against mouse fibroblasts. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/24938-9 - Multiresponsive triblock copolymers based on poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) and poly(4-vinylpyridine): synthesis and solution properties
Grantee:Daniela de Morais Zanata
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/03202-4 - Responsive hydrogels of CNC-b-POx with potential biomedical applications
Grantee:Cony Gauche
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
FAPESP's process: 15/25406-5 - Organizing matter: colloids formed by association of surfactants, polymers and nanoparticles
Grantee:Watson Loh
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants