RAFT (Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer) crosslinking (co)polymerization of multi-olefinic monomers to form polymer networks

Graeme Moad

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The use of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) crosslinking (co)polymerization of multi-olefinic monomers to produce three-dimensional polymer networks is reviewed. We give specific attention to differences between RAFT and conventional processes, differences between RAFT and other forms of reversible deactivation radical polymerization (such as atom transfer radical and nitroxide-mediated polymerizations) and the dependence of the polymerization process and network properties on RAFT agent structure. This knowledge is important in network optimization for applications as dynamic covalent polymers (in self-healing polymers), as porous polymer monoliths or gels (used as chromatographic media, flow reactors, controlled release media, drug delivery vehicles and in molecular imprinting) and as coatings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalPolymer International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Crosslink
  • Network
  • Radical
  • RAFT

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