Controlled random and alternating copolymerization of methyl acrylate with 1-alkenes

Shengsheng Liu, Bin Gu, Heather A. Rowlands, Ayusman Sen

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Controlled random copolymerization of methyl acrylate (MA) with 1-alkenes was achieved through the reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) technique using benzyl 1-pyrrolcarbodithioate as the transfer agent. NMR analysis reveals that RAFT agent-capped MA units are the predominant end groups. This allowed chain extension to synthesize the novel block copolymer, (MA-co-1-hexene)-b-PMA, by treating poly(MA-co-1-hexene) with AIBN in the presence of MA. The perfectly alternating copolymer of MA and ethene was obtained by using AlCl 3 as the complexing agent. Additionally, the first controlled alternating copolymerization of MA and ethene was achieved by degenerative transfer polymerization with iodoform as transfer agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7924-7929
Number of pages6
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 19 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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