Sequential thiol-epoxy and esterification reactions: A facile route to bifunctional homopolymer sequences

Mihaiela C. Stuparu, Anzar Khan

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In this chapter, a post-polymerization double-modification strategy involving sequential thiol-epoxy and esterification reactions is discussed for the preparation of bifunctionalized homopolymer sequences. For this, initially, the synthesis and stability of poly(glycidyl methacrylate), the primary reactive scaffold, are considered. Double modification of the glycidyl units through consecutive thiol-epoxy and esterification reactions is then examined along with its potential to give rise to functionalized molecular bottlebrushes. Finally, application of this strategy for the preparation of amphipathic homopolymer sequences and their application in the arena of siRNA delivery are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
JournalAdvances in Polymer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
M.C.S. gratefully acknowledges Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) for financial support. A.K. thanks A. D. Schlüter (ETH-Z) for support.

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland


  • Amphipathic polymers
  • Bifunctionalized homopolymers
  • Dual-functional polymers Poly(glycidyl methacrylate) Post-polymerization modification Sequential reactions siRNA delivery Thiol-epoxy reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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