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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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Submitted
22 Aug 2010
Accepted
21 Sep 2010
First published
12 Nov 2010

Lab Chip, 2011,11, 329-335
Article type
Paper

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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