Controlled Aqueous Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Electrochemical Generation of the Active Catalyst


  • We thank the following organizations for financial support: Fondazione Ing. Aldo Gini (N.B.), University of Padova (grant CPDA083370 to N.B., A.A.I., A.G.), U.S. National Science Foundation (grant CHE 10-26060 to A.J.D.M., K.M.), and CRP Consortium at Carnegie Mellon University (A.J.D.M., K.M.)


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Enhanced control: Electrochemically mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) allows easy modulation of the overall rate and control of polymerization through the variation of an external applied potential, Eapp (see picture). This method has been successfully applied to aqueous ATRP of oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (OEOMA475) catalyzed by Cu/tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine.