Synthesis of Nixantphos Core-Functionalized Amphiphilic Nanoreactors and Application to Rhodium-Catalyzed Aqueous Biphasic 1-Octene Hydroformylation

Ahmad Joumaa, Florence Gayet, Eduardo José Garcia-Suarez, Jonas Himmelstrup, Anders Riisager, Rinaldo Poli, Eric Manoury*

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Abstract

A latex of amphiphilic star polymer particles, functionalized in the hydrophobic core with nixantphos and containing P(MAA-co-PEOMA) linear chains in the hydrophilic shell (nixantphos-functionalized core-crosslinked micelles, or nixantphos@CCM), has been prepared in a one-pot three-step convergent synthesis using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization in water. The synthesis involves polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) in the second step and chain crosslinking with di(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (DEGDMA) in the final step. The core consists of a functionalized polystyrene, obtained by incorporation of a new nixantphos-functionalized styrene monomer (nixantphos-styrene), which is limited to 1 mol%. The nixantphos-styrene monomer was synthesized in one step by nucleophilic substitution of the chloride of 4-chloromethylstyrene by deprotonated nixantphos in DMF at 60 °C, without interference of either phosphine attack or self-induced styrene polymerization. The polymer particles, after loading with the [Rh(acac)(CO)2] precatalyst to yield Rh-nixantphos@CCM, function as catalytic nanoreactors under aqueous biphasic conditions for the hydroformylation of 1-octene to yield n-nonanal selectively, with no significant amounts of the branched product 2-methyl-octanal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1107
JournalPolymers
Volume12
Issue number5
Number of pages18
ISSN2073-4360
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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