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A new paradigm in polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA): Exploitation of “non-living” addition–fragmentation chain transfer (AFCT) polymerization

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Abstract

Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) is conducted based on “non-living” radical dispersion polymerization in the form of addition–fragmentation chain transfer (AFCT) polymerization. AFCT polymerization of benzyl methacrylate in ethanol using a polymeric AFCT agent comprising poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate generates an amphiphilic copolymer which subsequently self-assembles into various morphologies. This novel approach may expand the scope of PISA for synthesis of sulfur-free polymeric (nano)particles.

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The article was received on 15 Jun 2017, accepted on 29 Jun 2017 and first published on 29 Jun 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00998D
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 4177-4181
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    A new paradigm in polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA): Exploitation of “non-living” addition–fragmentation chain transfer (AFCT) polymerization

    D. Zhou, R. P. Kuchel and P. B. Zetterlund, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 4177
    DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00998D

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