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Keywords:

  • Acceptor–donor;
  • Acrylate monomers;
  • Glycerol derivatives;
  • Photopolymerization;
  • Radical polymerization

Abstract

This paper aims at making the state of the art of the radical polymerizations of glycerol-based monomers, especially (meth)acrylate and vinylic/allylic derivatives. Acrylate and methacrylate derivatives bearing numerous secondary groups like ester, cyclocarbonate, acetal, and urethane were involved in free radical polymerization and radical controlled polymerizations as well as in the photopolymerization. Glycerol-based monomers bearing a vinylic or an allylic polymerizable group polymerize by acceptor–donor process and produce alternating copolymers. From all these monomers, the synthesis of functionalized polymers was possible, leading to various valuable applications.