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Synthesis and Characterization of New Optically Active Segmented Poly(amide-imide-urethane) Based on Different Diacids via Isocyanate Route

A new class of optically active poly(amide imide urethane)s (PAIUs) was synthesized via a two-step diisocyanate route. In the first step, 4,4′-methylenebis(phenyl isocyanate) (MDI) was reacted with different diacids to produce an isocyanate-terminated oligo(amide imide). The chain extension of the previous hard segment with poly (ethylene glycol) diols with a molecular weight of 400 was the second step for furnishing a series of new PAIUs. N-Trimellitylimido-l-leucine was used as a diacid monomer for polycondensation reactions. Polymerization reactions were performed without any catalysts or with pyridine or dibutyltin dilaurate as a catalyst. The optimized reaction conditions were used for the reaction of N-trimellitylimido-l-isoleucine, N-trimellitylimido-l-methionine, N-trimellitylimido-s-valine, and N-trimellitylimido-l-phenylalanine as diacid monomers with MDI. The resulting multiblock copolymers had inherent viscosities of 0.25–0.78 dL/g. These multiblock copolymers were optically active, thermally stable, and soluble in amide-type solvents. All these polymers were fully characterized with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 1H-NMR and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, specific rotation measurements, and thermal analyses. Some structural characteristics and physical properties of these new optically active PAIUs were examined. 

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