Synthesis of multi-block copolymer stars using a simple iterative Cu(0)-mediated radical polymerization technique

Cyrille Boyer, Aurelia Derveaux, Per B Zetterlund, Michael Raymond Whittaker

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In this communication, we describe a simple and highly efficient route to well-defined multi-block star copolymers based on copper(0)-mediated living radical polymerization. The technique involves a core first approach using a multi-functional initiator in connection with iterative copper(0)-mediated radical polymerization steps. Importantly, purification is not required between the successive chain extension steps as complete monomer conversion is reached before the addition of each consecutive monomer type.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117 - 123
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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