• anionic polymerization;
  • ferrocene;
  • RAFT poly­merization;
  • redox-responsive;
  • thermo-responsive
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A novel diblock copolymer consisting of poly(vinylferrocene) (PVFc) and poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) (PDEA) is synthesized via a combination of anionic and RAFT polymerization. The use of a novel route to hydroxyl-end-functionalized metallopolymers in anionic polymerization and subsequent esterification with a RAFT agent leads to a PVFc macro-CTA (inline image = 3800 g mol−1; Đ = 1.17). RAFT polymerization with DEA affords block copolymers as evidenced by 1H NMR spectroscopy as well as size exclusion chromatography (6400 ≤ inline image≤ 33700 g mol−1; 1.31 ≤ Đ 1.28). Self-assembly of the amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous solution leads to micelles as shown via TEM. Importantly, the distinct thermo-responsive and redox-responsive character of the blocks is probed via dynamic light scattering and found to be individually and repeatedly addressable.