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Copper(0)-mediated living radical polymerization of styrene

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Abstract

We report the controlled polymerization of styrene using zerovalent copper and conventional ATRP ligands as catalysts at 90 °C in toluene. Commercially available PMDETA was found to provide the best control, with good agreement between measured and theoretical molecular weight and a polydispersity of 1.24. This could be reduced to 1.17 by addition of a small amount of Cu(II)Br2.

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The article was received on 18 Dec 2009, accepted on 22 Feb 2010 and first published on 19 Mar 2010


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00382G
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 420-422
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    Copper(0)-mediated living radical polymerization of styrene

    J. Tom, B. Hornby, A. West, S. Harrisson and S. Perrier, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 420
    DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00382G

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