Copper(0)-mediated living radical polymerization of styrene

Jessica Tom, Ben Hornby, Andrew West, Simon Harrisson, Sébastien Perrier

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We report the controlled polymerization of styrene using zerovalent copper and conventional ATRP ligands as catalysts at 90 °C in toluene. Commercially available PMDETA was found to provide the best control, with good agreement between measured and theoretical molecular weight and a polydispersity of 1.24. This could be reduced to 1.17 by addition of a small amount of Cu(ii)Br 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-422
Number of pages3
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Tom, J., Hornby, B., West, A., Harrisson, S., & Perrier, S. (2010). Copper(0)-mediated living radical polymerization of styrene. Polymer Chemistry, 1(4), 420-422.