Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Thermoresponsive Polyhydroxyalkanoate-graft-Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide).

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Biomacromolecules, ISSN: 1526-4602, Vol: 17, Issue: 8, Page: 2680-90

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Ma, Yi-Ming; Wei, Dai-Xu; Yao, Hui; Wu, Lin-Ping; Chen, Guo-Qiang
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Chemical Engineering; Materials Science
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A thermoresponsive graft copolymer polyhydroxyalkanoate-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) or short as PHA-g-PNIPAm, was successfully synthesized via a three-step reaction. First, PNIPAm oligomer with a trithiocarbonate-based chain transfer agent (CTA), short as PNIPAm-CTA, with designed polymerization degree was synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Subsequently, the PNIPAm-CTA was treated with n-butylamine for aminolysis in order to obtain a pendant thiol group at the end of the chain (PNIPAm-SH). Finally, the PNIPAm-SH was grafted onto unsaturated P(3HDD-co-3H10U), a random copolymer of 3-hydroxydodecanoate (3HDD) and 3-hydroxy-10-undecylenate (3H10U), via a thiol-ene click reaction. Enhanced hydrophilicity and thermoresponsive property of the resulted PHA-g-PNIPAm were confirmed by water contact angle studies. The biocompatibility of PHA-g-PNIPAm was comparable to poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB). The graft copolymer PHA-g-PNIPAm based on biopolyester PHA could be a promising material for biomedical applications.