Bruno Grignard, Christine Jérôme, Cédric Calberg, Christophe Detrembleur and Robert Jérôme
1H,1H,2H,2H-Heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate was successfully polymerized [poly(1H,1H,2H,2H-heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate) (PAC8)] and copolymerized with 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate [poly(1H,1H,2H,2H-heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate)-b-poly(2-hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PAC8-b-PHEA)] by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer in the presence of S-1-dodecyl-S-(α,α′-dimethyl-α″-acetic acid)trithiocarbonate as a chain-transfer agent. The control of the (co)polymerization was emphasized by the linear dependence of both ln([M]0/[M]) on time and Mn on the (co)monomer conversion and by the carboxylic acid end capping of the chains. The randomness of the copolymerization was assessed by the constant 1H,1H,2H,2H-heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate/2-hydroxyethyl acrylate composition versus the conversion. Finally, PAC8 was successfully used as a macroinitiator for the synthesis of the PAC8-b-PHEA diblock copolymers, which were typically amphiphilic compounds.