Controlled Formation of Star Polymer Nanoparticles via Visible Light Photopolymerization

Thomas G. McKenzie, Edgar Hoe Hon Wong, Qiang Fu, Adrian Sulistio, Dave E. Dunstan, Greg Qiao

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A recently developed visible light mediated photocontrolled radical polymerization technique using trithiocarbonates (i.e., conventional RAFT agents) as the sole control agent in the absence of additional photoinitiators or catalysts is utilized for the synthesis of core cross-linked star (CCS) polymer nanoparticles. The attractive features of this photopolymerization system, including high end-group fidelity at (near) complete monomer conversion, are exploited to facilitate a high-yielding, one-pot pathway toward well-defined star polymer products. Moreover, reinitiation of the photoactive trithiocarbonate moieties from within the star core is demonstrated to form (pseudo)miktoarm stars via an "in-out" approach, showing extremely high initiation efficiency (95%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1012-1016
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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