Thermolysis of RAFT-synthesized polymers. A convenient method for trithiocarbonate group elimination

Almar Postma, Thomas P. Davis, Graeme Moad, Michael S. O'Shea

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The reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)-synthesized polymers were thermolysed. Low-conversion polystyrenes synthesized with RAFT agent 3 show little change in molecular weight or molecular weight distribution on thermolysis. Thermolysis was also successful by reactive extrusion under nitrogen, with vacuum venting. It was found that thermolysis provides a simple and effective way of removing trithiocarbonate group from polystyrene and poly(butyl acrylate).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5371-5374
Number of pages4
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

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