Three series of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based polymers were synthesized and characterized with respect to their physical properties. Polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene (POEPOP), polyoxyethylene-polyoxetane (SPOCC), and polyoxyethylene-polystyrene (POEPS-3) were synthesized respectively by anion polymerization, cation polymerization, and radical polymerization. Both bulk and suspension modes were used to synthesize the polymers from derivatized PEG monomers (PEG 400, PEG 900, and PEG 1500). The three supports were compared with two commercially available PEG-grafted supports (TentaGel S OH, ArgoGel-OH) and two polystyrene supports (aminomethylated polystyrene [PS-NH2] and macroporous aminomethylated polystyrene [PLAMS]) with respect to their swelling properties, loading, NMR spectral quality, as well as solvent and reagent accessibility. Loadings of 0.3-0.7 mmol/g were obtained for the PEG-based resins. Swelling of the PEG-based resins was determined to be higher than that of the PEG-grafted resins and polystyrene supports. The PEG-based resins gave better resolved high-resolution NMR spectra than the PEG-grafted resins when examined by magic angle spinning nanoprobe (MAS) NMR spectroscopy. Moreover, fluorescence quenching of polymer bound 2-amino-benzoate by protonation with p-toluenesulfonic acid showed moderate to fast diffusion through the polymer depending on the solvent and the polymer matrix.
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