Tailoring Polymer Dispersity by RAFT Polymerization: A Versatile Approach

Richard Whitfield, Kostas Parkatzidis, Nghia P. Truong, Tanja Junkers, Athina Anastasaki

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Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization has been widely utilized to produce low-dispersity (co)polymers by employing a single high-activity RAFT agent. Anastasaki and co-workers reported RAFT polymerization by mixing one high-activity and one low-activity RAFT agent to tune the dispersity for a wide range of polymer classes. In all cases, monomodal molecular weight distributions were obtained, and this method was further applied to the preparation of block co-polymers, where successful chain extension was observed, independent of initial dispersity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1340-1352
Number of pages13
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2020


  • block co-polymers
  • controlled radical polymerization
  • dispersity
  • kinetic modeling
  • mixing CTAs
  • molecular weight distributions
  • RAFT chain-transfer agents
  • RAFT polymerization
  • SDG9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

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