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Transesterification of functional methacrylate monomers during alcoholic copper-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization: formation of compositional and architectural side products

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Abstract

Neutral methacrylate monomers undergo transesterification in methanol to produce multiple by-products under copper-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) conditions. The side-reactions occur for a range of hydrophilic methacrylates but some may be reduced by employing higher alcohols. This study demonstrates that care must be taken when using alcohol solvents for the synthesis of architecturally and compositionally pure methacrylate (co)polymers via copper-catalyzed conventional ATRP.

Graphical abstract: Transesterification of functional methacrylate monomers during alcoholic copper-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization: formation of compositional and architectural side products

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The article was received on 28 Apr 2012, accepted on 09 Aug 2012 and first published on 10 Aug 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20280H
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 2735-2738

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    Transesterification of functional methacrylate monomers during alcoholic copper-catalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization: formation of compositional and architectural side products

    L. S. Connell, J. R. Jones and J. V. M. Weaver, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2735
    DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20280H

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