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Catalytic chain transfer and its derived macromonomers

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An overview is given of cobalt-catalyzed chain transfer in free-radical polymerization and the chemistry and applications of its derived macromonomers. Catalytic chain transfer polymerization is a very efficient and versatile technique for the synthesis of functional macromonomers. Firstly the mechanism and kinetic aspects of the process are briefly discussed in solution/bulk and in emulsion polymerization, followed by a description of its application to produce functional macromonomers. The second part of this review briefly describes the behavior of the macromonomers as chain transfer agents and/or comonomers in second-stage radical polymerizations yielding polymers of more complex architectures. The review ends with a brief overview of post-polymerization modifications of the vinyl endfunctionality of the macromonomers yielding functional polymers with applications ranging from initiators in anionic polymerization to end-functional lectin-binding glycopolymers.

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The article was received on 17 May 2011, accepted on 08 Jun 2011 and first published on 26 Jul 2011

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00224D
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2011,2, 2407-2423
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    Catalytic chain transfer and its derived macromonomers

    J. P. A. Heuts and N. M. B. Smeets, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 2407
    DOI: 10.1039/C1PY00224D

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