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Sustainable ABA triblock methacrylate copolymers incorporating both high and low Tg terpene-derived monomers

Atkinson, Rachel L.; Elsmore, Matthew; Smith, Sean; Reynolds-Green, Morgan; Topham, Paul D.; Toolan, Daniel T.W.; Derry, Matthew J.; Monaghan, Olivia; Taresco, Vincenzo; Irvine, Derek J.; Stockman, Robert A.; De Focatiis, Davide S.A.; Howdle, Steven M.


Rachel L. Atkinson

Matthew Elsmore

Sean Smith

Morgan Reynolds-Green

Paul D. Topham

Daniel T.W. Toolan

Matthew J. Derry

Olivia Monaghan

Professor of Materials Chemistry

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Professor of Organic Chemistry


We report the synthesis of novel terpene-based monomers: nopinyl acrylate and methacrylate, from naturally abundant β-pinene. A very high Tg value was observed for poly(nopinyl methacrylate) when synthesised by free radical polymerisation, and well-defined polymers have been produced via RAFT polymerisation. This exciting new high Tg material shows promise as a hard block in thermoplastic elastomers. ABA triblock copolymers have been synthesised which also incorporate a low Tg renewable soft block, poly(tetrahydrogeraniol methacrylate), using a divergent, difunctional RAFT polymerisation method. Initial phase separation behaviour and adhesive properties have been investigated to highlight the potential of these copolymer materials as renewably sourced thermoplastic elastomers.


Atkinson, R. L., Elsmore, M., Smith, S., Reynolds-Green, M., Topham, P. D., Toolan, D. T., …Howdle, S. M. (2022). Sustainable ABA triblock methacrylate copolymers incorporating both high and low Tg terpene-derived monomers. European Polymer Journal, 179, Article 11567.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 5, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 16, 2022
Publication Date Oct 5, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2024
Journal European Polymer Journal
Print ISSN 0014-3057
Electronic ISSN 1873-1945
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 179
Article Number 11567
Keywords Organic Chemistry; Polymers and Plastics; General Physics and Astronomy; Materials Chemistry
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