Optimizing the generation of narrow polydispersity 'arm-first' star polymers made using RAFT polymerization

Julien Ferreira, Jay Syrett, Michael Raymond Whittaker, David Mark Haddleton, Thomas Paul Davis, Cyrille Boyer

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In this article, the synthesis of well-defined, narrow polydispersity (PDI <1.2) star polymers via RAFT polymerisation is detailed. An arm-first method is described using a crosslinked nanogel core. The synthetic conditions and variables were thoroughly investigated and optimised so that nearly quantitative arm incorporation was found to occur. The parameters studied included polymerization time, the arm molecular weight, and the nature of the solvent and cross-linker.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1671 - 1677
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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