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Issue 2, 2011
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Droplet synthesis of well-defined block copolymers using solvent-resistant microfluidic device

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Abstract

Well-defined diblock copolymers were synthesized via an exothermic RAFT route by a droplet microfluidic process using a solvent-resistant and thermally stable fluoropolymer microreactor fabricated by a non-lithographic embedded template method. The resulting polymers were compared to products obtained from continuous flow capillary reactor and conventional bulk synthesis. The droplet based microreactor demonstrated superior molecular weight distribution control by synthesizing a higher molecular weight product with higher conversion and narrow polydispersity in a much shorter reaction time. The high quality of the as-synthesized block copolymer PMMA-b-PS led to a generation of micelles with a narrow size distribution that could be used as a template for well-ordered mesoporous silica with regular frameworks and high surface areas.

Graphical abstract: Droplet synthesis of well-defined block copolymers using solvent-resistant microfluidic device

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The article was received on 22 Aug 2010, accepted on 21 Sep 2010 and first published on 12 Nov 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00321B
Citation: Lab Chip, 2011,11, 329-335

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    Droplet synthesis of well-defined block copolymers using solvent-resistant microfluidic device

    P. H. Hoang, C. T. Nguyen, J. Perumal and D. Kim, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 329
    DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00321B

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