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End group removal and modification of RAFT polymers

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This paper describes both well-established routes and recent advances in the end group modification of polymers synthesised by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation. The lability of the thiocarbonylthio group, which facilitates the RAFT mechanism, allows for ready post-polymerisation functionalisation of RAFT polymers by a number of techniques. In particular, end group thermolysis, radical induced reduction, hetero-Diels–Alder reactions and reaction with nucleophiles are discussed as are the applications and limitations of each method. The versatility of RAFT as a polymerisation tool for the synthesis of polymers with functional end groups for a range of applications is demonstrated.

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05 Nov 2009
27 Nov 2009
First published
23 Dec 2009

Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 149-157
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Review Article

End group removal and modification of RAFT polymers

H. Willcock and R. K. O'Reilly, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 149
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00340A

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