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Keywords:

  • block copolymers;
  • industrial applications;
  • living radical polymerization (LRP);
  • outstanding problems;
  • research direction;
  • reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT);
  • star polymers

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