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The preparation of graft copolymers of cellulose and cellulose derivatives using ATRP under homogeneous reaction conditions

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Abstract

In this comprehensive review, we report on the preparation of graft-copolymers of cellulose and cellulose derivatives using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) under homogeneous conditions. The review is divided into four sections according to the cellulosic material that is graft-copolymerised; (i) cellulose, (ii) ethyl cellulose, (iii) hydroxypropyl cellulose and (iv) other cellulose derivatives. In each section, the grafted synthetic polymers are described as well as the methods used for ATRP macro-initiator formation and graft-copolymerisation. The physical properties of the graft-copolymers including their self-assembly in solution into nanostructures and their stimuli responsive behaviour are described. Potential applications of the self-assembled graft copolymers in areas such as nanocontainers for drug delivery are outlined.

Graphical abstract: The preparation of graft copolymers of cellulose and cellulose derivatives using ATRP under homogeneous reaction conditions

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The article was received on 29 Jan 2014 and first published on 14 Jul 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00053F
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Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 7217-7235
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    The preparation of graft copolymers of cellulose and cellulose derivatives using ATRP under homogeneous reaction conditions

    F. Joubert, O. M. Musa, D. R. W. Hodgson and N. R. Cameron, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 7217
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00053F

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