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Title: Synthesis of DNA-polymer conjugates using RAFT polymerisation
Author: Wilks, Thomas R.
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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The use of reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation for the production of DNA–polymer conjugates is explored. Chapter 1 gives a general introduction to the field of DNA–polymer conjugates, their potential applications and methods for their synthesis. The need for a general, solutionphase technique for DNA–polymer conjugation is highlighted. In Chapters 2-5, the use of a number of different strategies for the production of DNA–polymer conjugates is described. Amide coupling (Chapter 2) is found to produce the desired products only under very specific reaction conditions. The thiol–alkene Michael addition reaction (Chapter 3) is found to afford DNA–polymer conjugates in aqueous solution with high yield; however, attempts to replicate this using organic solvents are not successful. The inverse electron-demand Diels–Alder reaction between tetrazine and norbornene (Chapter 4) is explored and found to produce DNA–polymer conjugates in high yield in organic solvents; however, the precursor compounds are time-consuming to prepare and so the generality of this approach is limited. Finally, the copper-catalysed azide–alkyne cycloaddition (Chapter 5) is found to be an excellent method for the production of a wide range of DNA–polymer conjugates. Chapter 6 describes the use of the DNA segment of a DNA–polymer conjugate to assemble a discrete three dimensional nanostructure – a DNA tetrahedron – incorporating the temperature-responsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide). These hybrid structures are found to be able to stabilise the formation of discrete, well-defined polymer nanoparticles at elevated temperatures. Chapter 7 describes the use of a non-covalent interaction (intercalation) to produce DNA– polymer conjugates. The effect of polymer molecular weight and structure on the strength of this interaction are explored. Finally, intercalation is exploited to template the formation of discrete polymer particles on a DNA strand.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Warwick Chancellor's Scholarship
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QD Chemistry