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PET-RAFT polymerisation: towards green and precision polymer manufacturing

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Abstract

The necessity of sustainable development in the chemical industry has continuously drawn attention to find safe, environmentally friendly and atom-economic chemical processes, which is defined in the 12 principles of green chemistry. Merging photoredox catalysis and reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation, the photoinduced electron/energy transfer (PET)-RAFT process has opened up a new way of performing reversible deactivation radical polymerisation for well-defined polymer synthesis using light as an external stimulus. While providing an increased level of control (spatiotemporal, wavelength, and intensity control) over the polymerisation, PET-RAFT has many attractive attributes (abundant catalyst availability, catalyst recyclability, selectivity and oxygen tolerance) to be green and sustainable, which is intriguing for precision polymer manufacturing in industry.

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Submitted
07 Apr 2018
Accepted
10 May 2018
First published
10 May 2018

Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 6591-6606
Article type
Feature Article
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PET-RAFT polymerisation: towards green and precision polymer manufacturing

J. Phommalysack-Lovan, Y. Chu, C. Boyer and J. Xu, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 6591
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02783H

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