Charge Transfer Complex Inimer: A Facile Route to Dendritic Materials


  • W. W. and P. L. are much indebted to the “Services Fédéraux des Affaires Scientifiques, Techniques et Culturelles” for support in the frame of the “Pôles d'Attraction Interuniversitaires, PAI-4/11”. This research was supported partially by W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and The National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 20274024 and No. 50233030). W. W. thanks Prof. R. Jerome, Mr. X. Chen, and Dr. H. Wu for their helpful assistance and advice.


A versatile approach to the preparation of hyperbranched polymers, in which an inimer is used to assemble a charge transfer complex (CTC) with conventional vinyl monomers, is reported. A novel hyperbranched fluoropolymer (see Figure) has been successfully synthesized through the copolymerization of chlorotrifluoroethylene (CTFE) and p-(chloromethyl)styrene (CMS) by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP).