Initialization behavior for high target molecular weight polymers using various dithiobenzoates

E. van den Dungen, H. Matahwa, J.B. McLeary, R.D. Sanderson, B. Klumperman

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Abstract

In the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated polymerization of methyl acrylate, a selective reaction is observed in the early stages of the polymerization. This initialization process was earlier observed in in situ 1H NMR spectroscopy experiments where extremely low target molar masses were chosen (around DP = 5). Here, for the first time, the presence of the initialization process is identified as the cause of an induction period under typical conditions of a RAFT-mediated polymerization. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 46: 2500-2509, 2008
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2500-2509
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Volume46
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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