Living polymerization of styrene was observed using γ radiation as a source of initiation and 1-phenylethyl phenyldithioacetate as a reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) agent. The γ radiation had little or no detrimental effect on the RAFT agent, with the molecular weight of the polymer increasing linearly with conversion (up to the maximum measured conversions of 30%). The polymerization had kinetics (polym.) consistent with those of a living polymerization (first order in monomer) and proportional to the square root of the radiation-dose rate. This initiation technique may facilitate the grafting of narrow polydispersity, well-defined polymers onto existing polymer surfaces as well as allow a wealth of kinetic experiments using the constant radical flux generated by γ radiation. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 40: 19–25, 2002
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