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Yusuke Sugihara, Padraig O'connor, Per B. Zetterlund and Fawaz Aldabbagh Chain transfer to solvent in the radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 49

Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.24612

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Chain transfer to solvent can be a significant factor in limiting the maximum attainable molecular weight in both conventional radical polymerization and NMP of NIPAM. Chain transfer to solvent in NMP (or any controlled/living radical polymerization technique) may lead to Mn going through a maximum with increasing conversion. This is distinctly different from the case of chain transfer to monomer in which case Mn also deviates downward from Mn,th but never goes through a maximum regardless of the extent of chain transfer to monomer.

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