Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 16, pp 6515–6523 | Cite as

C60 end-functionalized four-armed polymers: synthesis and optical limiting properties

  • Hui-Xia Wu
  • Wei-Man Cao
  • Rui-Fang CaiEmail author
  • Ying-Lin Song
  • Li Zhao


A series of bromo-terminated four-armed homopolymers [polystyrene (PSt) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)], prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), were subsequently functionalized with fullerene C60 by atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) reaction using CuBr/2,2′-bipyridine (bipy) as the catalyst system. The C60 end-capped four-armed polymer derivatives were then characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), UV–vis, FT-IR, thermal gravimetric analyses (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Another technique of synthesizing C60-functionalized four-armed polymers from azide functional polymers was also applied for comparison. The optical limiting behavior of C60 end-capped four-armed polymers prepared via ATRA reaction were measured in THF solution at 532 nm. Both groups of fullerene-functionalized polymers (C60-PSts and C60-PMMAs) are provided with optical limiting properties.


Fullerene PMMA Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Bipy 
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This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No 20271013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hui-Xia Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wei-Man Cao
    • 1
  • Rui-Fang Cai
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ying-Lin Song
    • 3
  • Li Zhao
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryShanghai Normal UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryFudan UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  3. 3.Department of Applied PhysicsHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinP.R. China
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsFudan UniversityShanghaiP.R. China

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