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RAFT/MADIX polymerization of N-vinylcaprolactam in water–ethanol solvent mixtures

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Abstract

The present paper demonstrates the successful RAFT/MADIX polymerization of N-vinylcaprolactam at ambient temperature in water–ethanol mixtures. It was observed that the monomer conversion increased with increasing v% of water present in the solvent due to an improved polymer solvation. Simultaneously the monomer hydrolysis also increased with increasing water content and a 1 : 1 ratio of water and ethanol was found as optimum regarding both polymerization rate and insignificant hydrolysis. In future, the application of these low toxicity solvent mixtures of ethanol and water can be applied to enable new avenues towards bioconjugation.

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The article was received on 24 Dec 2016, accepted on 23 Mar 2017 and first published on 28 Mar 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6PY02224C
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 2433-2437

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    RAFT/MADIX polymerization of N-vinylcaprolactam in water–ethanol solvent mixtures

    I. Van Nieuwenhove, S. Maji, M. Dash, S. Van Vlierberghe, R. Hoogenboom and P. Dubruel, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 2433
    DOI: 10.1039/C6PY02224C

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