Functionalization of polyesters with multiple B vitamins

Andrew G. Soxman, Jenna M. DeLuca, Kylie M. Kinlough, David F. Iwig, Robert T. Mathers

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A method to covalently attach combinations of six different B vitamins provided an avenue to new functional thermosets without multi-step coupling reactions. The melt polymerization strategy required no organic solvent and facilitated covalent attachment of OH (B1, B2, B5, B6) or COOH (B7, B9) groups on B vitamins via Fischer esterification. Characterization of model reactions with LC/MS, FTIR, and GPC confirmed covalent attachment. Based on control experiments, B vitamins demonstrated unexpected thermal stability and appreciable solubility in the melt polymerization. This approach was demonstrated with citric acid and diglycerol, but has wide-ranging potential for other polar monomers with negative octanol–water partition coefficients (LogP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3308-3316
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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