The future of reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization

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  • Christopher Barner-Kowollik,

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    1. Preparative Macromolecular Chemistry, Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie, Universität Karlsruhe, Engesserstr. 18, 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
    • Preparative Macromolecular Chemistry, Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie, Universität Karlsruhe, Engesserstr. 18, 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany
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  • Sébastien Perrier

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    1. Key Centre for Polymer Colloids, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Eastern Avenue, New South Wales 2006, Australia
    • Key Centre for Polymer Colloids, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Eastern Avenue, New South Wales 2006, Australia
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Abstract

We examine the reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) process with regard to its potential and limits in future industrial applications (including those conducted on a larger scale) as well as materials science. The outlook for the RAFT process is bright: Its unrivaled inherent process simplicity coupled with a wide tolerance to monomer classes and functionalities makes it a prime candidate for the use in large reactors. At the same time, it allows for ready access to complex macromolecular architectures of variable shape and size. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 46: 5715–5723, 2008

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