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  1. Abstract

    Metal‐containing polymers represent an ever‐expanding frontier of material science. Of the numerous biocompatible ligands used to create a metallopolymer, piperazine‐containing polymers are still in their early development, even though piperazine is a common functional group in drug design and bioengineering scaffolding elements. We report the first synthesis and characterization (with NMR, IR, GPC, UV–vis spectroscopy, and thermal analysis) of two thermoplastic poly(alkyl piperazine succinate) diols with either propyl or hexyl alkane chains bridging the piperazines. These polyester diols were then chain extended with hexamethylene diisocyanate to create highly amorphous polyester urethane thermoplastic polymers. Ru(III) or Fe(III) was then successfully coordinated with these polymers, with approximately 30% of the bulk metallopolymer product becoming 250x the molecular weight of the non‐metal containing polymers. However, coordination of Fe(III), and to a lesser extent Ru(III), to these polypiperazines accelerated the hydrolysis of the polyester linkage in water over 15 days. Thus, these novel polymers are highly biodegradable with Fe(III) metallopolymers hydrolyzing faster than Ru(III) metallopolymers and poly(propyl piperazine succinate) polymers hydrolyzing faster than poly(hexyl piperazine succinate) polymers.

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