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Controlled radical polymerization

Authors
Journal
Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science
1359-0286
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1359-0286(96)80101-x

Abstract

Abstract Fundamentals of controlled/“living” radical polymerization are given together with a discussion of selected initiating/catalytic systems which provide structural, compositional, and functionality control during radical polymerization. Four systems which enable the synthesis of polymers with low polydispersities (M w/M n< 1.2), relatively high molecular weights (M n>10 000), and high degrees of functionality are: nitroxide-mediated polymerization of styrene and styrene copolymers; organometallic compounds used for polymerization of acrylates; atom transfer radical polymerization of various monomers; and the degenerative transfer process. Also important in this field are new structural features and potential applications of controlled radical polymerization.

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