Photo-induced living radical polymerization of acrylates utilizing a discrete copper(II)-formate complex

Athina Anastasaki, Vasiliki Nikolaou, Francesca Brandford-Adams, Gabit Nurumbetov, Qiang Zhang, Guy J Clarkson, David J Fox, Paul Wilson, Kristian Kempe, David M Haddleton

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A photo-polymerization protocol, utilizing a pre-formed and well-characterized Cu(ii) formate complex, [Cu(Me6-Tren)(O2CH)](ClO4), mediated by UV light is described. In the absence of additional reducing agents and/or photosensitizers, ppm concentrations of the oxidatively stable [Cu(Me6-Tren)(O2CH)](ClO4), furnish near-quantitative conversions within 2 h, yielding poly(acrylates) with low dispersities (∼1.10) and exceptional end-group fidelity, capable of undergoing in situ chain extension and block copolymerization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5626-5629
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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