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Recent advances in RAFT dispersion polymerization for preparation of block copolymer aggregates

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Abstract

Differently from bulk, solution, suspension, emulsion, and miniemulsion polymerizations, the controlled radical dispersion polymerization (CRDP) demonstrates self-assembly of the block copolymers formed in the homogeneous system, forming various kinds of micelles or vesicles. Thus, this technology can prepare both the block copolymers and the polymeric aggregates directly. Among CRDP, the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) dispersion polymerization has been studied in relative detail and has been successfully developed to prepare a diverse range of assemblies. Several typical systems for RAFT dispersion polymerization are presented in detail and the factors influencing the polymerization and the in situ self-assembly are also highlighted in this minireview.

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The article was received on 06 Aug 2012, accepted on 31 Aug 2012 and first published on 03 Sep 2012


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20612A
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 873-881
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    Recent advances in RAFT dispersion polymerization for preparation of block copolymer aggregates

    J. Sun, C. Hong and C. Pan, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 873
    DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20612A

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