RAFTing down under: Tales of missing radicals, fancy architectures, and mysterious holes

Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Thomas P. Davis, Johan P A Heuts, Martina H. Stenzel, Philipp Vana, Michael Whittaker

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This highlight describes recent developments in reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Succinct coverage of the RAFT mechanism is supplemented by details of synthetic methodologies for making a wide range of architectures ranging from stars to combs, microgels, and blocks. In addition, RAFT reactions in different media such as emulsion and ionic liquids receive attention. Finally, a specific example of a novel material design is briefly introduced, whereas polymers prepared via RAFT are adopted for microporous/honeycomb membrane design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-375
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Block copolymers
  • Kinetics (polym.)
  • Living free-radical polymerization
  • Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)
  • Supramolecular structures

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