Data from: Enhanced polymer mechanical degradation through mechanochemically unveiled lactonization

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  • The mechanical degradation of polymers is typically limited to a single chain scission per triggering chain stretching event, and the loss of stress transfer that results from the scission limits the extent of degradation that can be achieved. Here, we report a mechanically triggered, delayed scission strategy that allows many eventual scission events to be initiated within a single polymer chain. The strategy is demonstrated via a mechanophore with a [4.2.0]bicyclooctene (BCOE) core that leverages a mechanochemical, orbital symmetry-forbidden 4-electron disrotatory ring-opening reaction to set up a subsequent, force-free and thermodynamically favorable lactonization. Ultrasonication of a 120 kDa BCOE copolymer triggers the desired mechanical remodeling of the polymer backbone, and the resulting lactonization leads to a gradual decrease in molecular weight over the course of 9 days to a final value of 4.4 kDa, more than an order of magnitude smaller than control polymers in which the ring-opened BCOE is protected from lactonizing. The force-coupled activity of the ring-opening reaction is probed by single molecule force spectroscopy and through the use of internal standards in sonication, and the forces required for activation are far smaller than is typically required for the mechanical chain scission of conventional covalent polymers. ... [Read More]

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  • Lin, Y., Kouznetsova, T., Chang, C., Craig, S. (2020). Data from: Enhanced polymer mechanical degradation through mechanochemically unveiled lactonization. Duke Research Data Repository. https://doi.org/10.7924/r49s1r065
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2 10.7924/r4fq9x365 Version 2 adds one more data package to the SMFS subfolder, NMR data for compound 5, P4 and P5 polymers, P2 post sonication plus pTSA treatment, and COSY NMR of compound 3, and the additional "Extrusion" subfolder. 2020-08-03
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