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Photo-induced living radical polymerization of acrylates utilizing a discrete copper(ii)–formate complex

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Abstract

A photo-polymerization protocol, utilizing a pre-formed and well-characterized Cu(II) formate complex, [Cu(Me6-Tren)(O2CH)](ClO4), mediated by UV light is described. In the absence of additional reducing agents and/or photosensitizers, ppm concentrations of the oxidatively stable [Cu(Me6-Tren)(O2CH)](ClO4), furnish near-quantitative conversions within 2 h, yielding poly(acrylates) with low dispersities (∼1.10) and exceptional end-group fidelity, capable of undergoing in situ chain extension and block copolymerization.

Graphical abstract: Photo-induced living radical polymerization of acrylates utilizing a discrete copper(ii)–formate complex

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Submitted
11 Dec 2014
Accepted
17 Jan 2015
First published
19 Jan 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 5626-5629
Article type
Communication

Photo-induced living radical polymerization of acrylates utilizing a discrete copper(II)–formate complex

A. Anastasaki, V. Nikolaou, F. Brandford-Adams, G. Nurumbetov, Q. Zhang, G. J. Clarkson, D. J. Fox, P. Wilson, K. Kempe and D. M. Haddleton, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 5626
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09916H

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