Controlled grafting of acetylated starch by atom transfer radical polymerization of MMA

Leena Nurmi, Susanna Holappa, Hannu Mikkonen, Jukka Seppälä (Corresponding Author)

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Graft copolymers of acetylated starch oligomer (AS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) were polymerized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP).
AS was converted to an ATRP macroinitiator by converting a part of the hydroxyl groups of AS to 2-bromoisobutyryl groups. Macroinitiators with varying degrees of substitution for the 2-bromoisobutyryl group were prepared.
The polymerizations were conducted using CuBr/BiPy catalyst system, either in bulk or in 1:1 v/v THF solution.
They proceeded with first-order kinetics and the molecular weights of the polymers increased linearly with conversion. Graft copolymers with different graft densities and graft lengths were prepared in a controlled manner.
The hydrophobicity of these copolymers was studied by contact angle measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1372-1382
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • polysaccharide
  • starch
  • graft copolymer
  • ATRP
  • atom transfer radical polymerization
  • acetylated starch oligomer
  • poly(methyl methacrylate)

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