Preparation and study of alkyl carbamylated polyrotaxanes with large hysteresis during sol-gel phase transition

Wei Li, Yanli Guo, Peng He, Rong Yang, Xingguo Li, Ye Chen, Dehai Liang, Masatoshi Kidowaki, Kohzo Ito

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Ethyl carbamylated polyrotaxane (ECPR) and propyl carbamylated polyrotaxane (PCPR) were prepared based on the reactions between ethyl/propyl isocyanate and polyrotaxane (PR) in anhydrous DMSO under an argon atmosphere. By changing the alkyl type and substitution ratio, the PR derivative with good water-solubility was obtained and its solutions showed reversible sol-gel phase transition. During the heating process, transition temperature from sol to gel decreased from 32 °C to 18 °C with increasing the solution concentration from 2.44% to 13.5%, while in the cooling process, all the gels with various concentration did not turn into sols until the temperature decreased to 1 °C, exhibiting large hysteresis between heating and cooling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1797-1802
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry

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