Chapter 4. Block Copolymers by Group Transfer Polymerization

  1. Nikos Hadjichristidis,
  2. Stergios Pispas and
  3. George Floudas

Published Online: 4 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471269808.ch4

Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications

Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications

How to Cite

Hadjichristidis, N., Pispas, S. and Floudas, G. (2002) Block Copolymers by Group Transfer Polymerization, in Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471269808.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2003
  2. Published Print: 15 NOV 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471394365

Online ISBN: 9780471269809

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Keywords:

  • group transfer polymerization;
  • (meth)acrylic monomers;
  • functionalized monomers;
  • diblock copolymers;
  • triblock copolymers;
  • sequential monomer addition;
  • difunctional initiators

Summary

Chapter 4 describes the synthesis of linear diblock, triblock and multiblock copolymers, mainly of the (meth)acrylic type, by group transfer polymerization. The methodologies available include block copolymer synthesis by sequential addition of monomers and by using difunctional initiators, for the case of triblock copolymers. Several examples presented show the versatility of this technique in producing well defined block copolymers, consisting of a variety of (meth)acrylic monomers, under less demanding experimental conditions, compared to anionic polymerization. The latter characteristic led to the use of this methodology in industrial synthesis of (meth)acrylic (co)polymers.