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Chem Commun (Camb). 2002 Oct 7;(19):2226-7.

First report of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation in room temperature ionic liquids.

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  • 1Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, School of Chemical Engineering & Industrial Chemistry, University of New South Wales, NSW, 2052 Sydney, Australia.


The Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerisation of acrylates, methacrylates and styrene is reported for the first time in room temperature ionic liquids; the acrylate and methacrylate polymerisations show a living character and lead to well-characterised polymers, with narrow polydispersity (< 1.3); in the case of styrene, the insolubility of the polymer in the ionic liquids stops the polymerisation at an early stage.

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