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Copper(ii) gluconate (a non-toxic food supplement/dietary aid) as a precursor catalyst for effective photo-induced living radical polymerisation of acrylates

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Copper gluconate, is employed as a precursor catalyst for the photo-induced living radical polymerisation of acrylates. Optimised reaction conditions for efficient ligand transfer leads to well-defined polymers within 2 h with near quantitative conversions (>95%), low dispersities (Đ ∼ 1.16) and high end-group fidelity, as demonstrated by MALDI-ToF-MS. Additionally, in the presence of ppm concentrations of NaBr, similar degree of control could also be attained by facilitating ligand exchange, furnishing narrow dispersed polymers (Đ < 1.12).

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Submitted
19 Mar 2015
Accepted
26 Mar 2015
First published
27 Mar 2015

Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 3581-3585
Article type
Communication

Copper(II) gluconate (a non-toxic food supplement/dietary aid) as a precursor catalyst for effective photo-induced living radical polymerisation of acrylates

V. Nikolaou, A. Anastasaki, F. Alsubaie, A. Simula, D. J. Fox and D. M. Haddleton, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 3581
DOI: 10.1039/C5PY00406C

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