3D Printed CO2 -Based Triblock Copolymers and Post-Printing Modification. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the facile synthesis and 3D printing of a series of triblock copolymers consisting of soft and hard blocks and demonstrate that alkene pendant groups of the hard block can be covalently modified. The polymers are prepared using a salenCo(III)TFA/PPNTFA binary catalyst system and 1,2-propanediol as a chain transfer agent, providing an efficient one-pot, two-step strategy to tailor polymer thermal and mechanical properties. Thixotropic inks suitable for direct ink write printing were formulated by dissolving the block copolymers in organic solvent and dispersing NaCl particles. After printing, porous structures were produced by removing solvent and NaCl with water to give printed structures with surfaces that could be modified via UV-initiated thiol-ene click reactions. Alternatively, a tetra-thiol could be incorporated into the ink and used for cross-linking to give objects with high solvent resistance and selective degradability.

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 53.05

author list (cited authors)

  • Wei, P., Bhat, G. A., Cipriani, C. E., Mohammad, H., Schoonover, K., Pentzer, E. B., & Darensbourg, D. J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Wei, Peiran||Bhat, Gulzar A||Cipriani, Ciera E||Mohammad, Hamza||Schoonover, Krista||Pentzer, Emily B||Darensbourg, Donald J

publication date

  • September 2022