Chapter 8: Controlled Reversible Deactivation Radical Photopolymerization

Tanja Junkers, Joachim Laun

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Photoinduced reversible deactivation radical polymerization (photoRDRP) has in recent years become a popular method for the synthesis of precision polymer materials. PhotoRDRP often gives access to robust and energy-efficient polymerization methods, and allows for spatiotemporal control over reactions. For every major thermal RDRP technique, photoinduced counterparts are available, with photo-nitroxide mediated polymerization, photo-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and photo-atom transfer radical polymerization. In this chapter, these techniques are summarized and compared, followed by an overview of 2D surface patterning based on photoRDRP and the application of continuous flow techniques for scalable photopolymerization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotopolymerisation Initiating Systems
EditorsJacques Lalevee, Jean-Pierre Fouassier
Place of PublicationCroydon UK
PublisherThe Royal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic) 9781788014946
ISBN (Print)9781782629627
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameRSC Polymer Chemistry Series
ISSN (Print)2044-0790
ISSN (Electronic)2044-0804


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization
  • photoredox catalyst
  • Free radical polymerization

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