Cobalt-Catalyzed Chain Transfer Polymerization: A Review

S. Slavin, K. McEwan, D. M. Haddleton

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This chapter discusses cobalt-catalyzed catalytic chain transfer polymerization (CCTP). The use of Co(II) macrocycles as catalytic chain transfer (CCT) agents in free radical polymerization is a convenient method for the synthesis of low-molecular-weight polymers with vinyl end-functionality. To introduce the reader to the subject, the history and patent literature are described followed by in-depth sections on the catalytic mechanism, catalysts employed, monomers, reaction conditions, and CCT applications. An up-to-date review is provided covering all sections.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Reference, 10 Volume Set
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780080878621
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalytic
  • Chain transfer
  • Cobalt emulsion
  • Free radical
  • Macromonomers
  • Methacrylates
  • Polymerization
  • Porphyrin
  • Transition metal complexes

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Slavin, S., McEwan, K., & Haddleton, D. M. (2012). Cobalt-Catalyzed Chain Transfer Polymerization: A Review. In Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, 10 Volume Set (Vol. 3, pp. 249-275). Elsevier.