Radical Polymerization

G. Moad

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This chapter summarizes the current state of knowledge of the chemistry of each stage of (conventional) radical polymerization (initiation, propagation, termination, chain transfer). We consider the mechanisms, the specificity of the reactions, the nature of the group or groups incorporated in the polymer chain, and any by-products. The intention is to create an awareness of the factors that must be borne in mind in selecting the conditions for polymerization and provide the background necessary for a better understanding of polymerizations and polymer structure properties. In a final section, we briefly describe the various approaches to reversible deactivation radical polymerization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Science
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Reference, 10 Volume Set
Number of pages60
ISBN (Print)9780080878621
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Backbiting
  • Chain transfer
  • Cyclopolymerization
  • Head addition
  • Inhibition
  • Initiation
  • Initiator efficiency
  • Radical polymerization
  • Reversible deactivation radical polymerization
  • Ring-opening polymerization
  • Tacticity
  • Tail addition
  • Termination

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