Control of methyl methacrylate radical polymerization via Enhanced Spin Capturing Polymerization (ESCP)

Lin Zang, Edgar H.H. Wong, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Thomas Junkers

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The nitrone mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) via the enhanced (termination) spin capturing polymerization (ESCP) process is made possible via the addition of small amounts of styrene (between 5 and 10 vol.%) to the reaction mixture. Efficient control over the molecular weight between 7000 and 57,000 g mol-1 (at 60 °C) yields macromolecules that feature a mid-chain alkoxyamine functionality and are rich in methyl methacrylate. The collated kinetic and molecular weight data allow for a deduction of the spin capturing constant, CSC, in the range between 0.15 and 0.30. During the ESCP process, the number average molecular weight, Mn, of the formed mid-chain functional polymer is constant up to high monomer to polymer conversions (i.e. 80%). The high degree of alkoxyamine mid-chain functionality present in the generated polymeric material is evidenced via a subsequent nitroxide-mediated polymerization process employing the formed ESCP polymer, indicating a chain extension from 37,700 to 118,000 g mol-1 with a concomitant reduction in polydispersity (from 2.3 to 1.5).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3821-3825
Number of pages5
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Enhanced (termination) spin capturing polymerization (ESCP)
  • Methyl methacrylate (MMA)
  • Nitrone/nitroxide

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