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Yukiya Kitayama, Kazuya Kishida and Masayoshi Okubo Emulsifier-free, organotellurium-mediated living radical emulsion polymerization (emulsion TERP): Effect of monomer hydrophilicity Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 51

Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.26430

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The effect of monomer hydrophilicity was investigated in emulsifier-free, organotellurium-mediated living radical polymerization (emulsion TERP) using methyl methacrylate and butyl methacrylate. When hydrophilic monomer was used, MWD control was good only at an efficient and inefficient stirring rates. However, when hydrophobic monomer was used, good MWD control was obtained only at an efficient stirring rate. These results suggest that monomer transportation from droplets to polymerizing particles via aqueous medium is important for good MWD control.

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