Construction of Branched Polymers with Different Topologies by Copper-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Click Reaction and the Application in Catalysis

Doctoral Dissertation


It is a central theme in polymer science to control the topology and architecture of polymers for the preparation of polymeric materials with new properties. However, the application of self-accelerating copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction to construct polymers was just emerged for several years.

In this thesis, I developed the polymerization method by utilizing the self-accelerating CuAAC reaction with easy experimental setup, fast reaction rate, tunable external ligands addition. The CuAAC reaction was applied to construct branched polymers with different topologies including molecular brushes, star polymers and hyperbranched polymers in this body of research. More interestingly, the obtained hyperbranched polymers exhibited good performance in the catalysis of Heck reaction.


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Author Weiping Gan
Contributor Haifeng Gao, Research Director
Contributor Bradley D. Smith, Committee Member
Contributor Olaf Wiest, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Chemistry and Biochemistry
Degree Name Doctor of Philosophy
Submission Date 2020-01-09
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