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Wenxiang Wang, Junfei Zhao, Wei Zhang, Jian Zhu, Zhengbiao Zhang and Xiulin Zhu Ligand-free SET-DTLRP of MMA at room temperature Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 51

Version of Record online: 6 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.26570

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Ligand-free single-electron transfer and degenerative chain transfer mediated living radical polymerization (SET-DTLRP) for methyl methacrylate (MMA) was realized by the initiation of an iodine-based initiator, 2-iodo-2-methylpropionitrile (CPI), in DMSO at ambient temperature. The polymerization produced acceptable controls over molecular weights with relatively narrow distributions (Mw/Mn ≤ 1.35). The polymers were obtained with high fidelity (∼ 96%) and active chain end groups. This work offered a more economical and eco-friendly SET-DTLRP technique.

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