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Poly(ethylene glycol) as solvent for transition metal mediated living radical polymerisation

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Abstract

The use of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with low molecular weights as a novel solvent for the transition metal mediated radical polymerisation of methyl methacrylate and styrene is reported. The utilisation of PEG leads to polymerisation kinetics that differ from those observed with more traditional organic solvents. Moreover, the amount of residual copper catalyst in the product is greatly reduced by precipitation of the polymer in ethanol.

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The article was received on 10 Oct 2003, accepted on 12 Jan 2004 and first published on 09 Feb 2004


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B313061D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2004,0, 604-605
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    Poly(ethylene glycol) as solvent for transition metal mediated living radical polymerisation

    S. Perrier, H. Gemici and S. Li, Chem. Commun., 2004, 0, 604
    DOI: 10.1039/B313061D

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