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Hyperbranched polymers via RAFT self-condensing vinyl polymerisation

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

RAFT-mediated self-condensing vinyl polymerisation is a promising synthetic tool to create well-defined hyperbranched polymers.

Hyperbranched polymers via RAFT self-condensing vinyl polymerisation. Source: Quill/Fotolia.com

Hyperbranched polymers via RAFT self-condensing vinyl polymerisation. Source: Quill/Fotolia.com

The functional group tolerance of RAFT, as well as the inherent ability to install readily functionalisable end groups, allow for formation of highly functionalised materials with unique properties.

Materials with tunable properties a

Due to the controlled nature of RAFT, it is possible to synthesise polymers with predetermined branching frequencies, resulting in materials with tunable properties and readily tailored macromolecular structure. This minireview by researchers from Center for Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, gives an overview of this emerging field, emphasising structural variety, monomer functionality, and post-polymerisation modifications that have been employed to prepare previously inaccessible materials.

The study is published in: Polymer Chemistry, Issue 20, 2016.

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