Recent Developments and Future Challenges in Controlled Radical Polymerization: A 2020 Update

Kostas Parkatzidis, Hyun Suk Wang, Nghia P. Truong, Athina Anastasaki

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A perspective of the latest developments in the field of control radical polymerization over the last decade (2010–2020) and the future challenges. © 2020 Elsevier Inc.This perspective summarizes the latest exciting developments in controlled radical polymerization during the last decade (2010–2020). Our focus is to critically highlight strengths and weaknesses of recent achievements and portray how these discoveries have expanded the scope of tailor-made polymeric materials. Our perspective on remaining future challenges and where we expect the field to grow toward in the next decade will also be discussed. © 2020 Elsevier Inc.Challenges and opportunities: • Universal catalysts compatible with a range of monomers and stimuli are urgently required to produce materials with enhanced control over monomer sequence, dispersity, and tacticity • New depolymerization and degradations for polymer recycling and bio-relevant applications should be the focus of future research • Advanced characterization methods, automation systems, and machine learning are currently undeveloped and could offer exciting new avenues
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1575-1588
Number of pages14
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • ATRP
  • controlled radical polymerization
  • dispersity
  • external stimuli
  • oxygen-tolerant polymeryzation
  • PISA
  • RAFT
  • SDG9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • sequence control
  • ultra-high molecular weight polymers

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