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Tailoring polymer dispersity and shape of molecular weight distributions: methods and applications

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The width and shape of molecular weight distributions can significantly affect the properties of polymeric materials and thus are key parameters to control. This mini-review aims to critically summarise recent approaches developed to tailor molecular weight distributions and highlights the strengths and limitations of each technique. Special emphasis will also be given to applications where tuning the molecular weight distribution has been used as a strategy to not only enhance polymer properties but also to increase the fundamental understanding behind complex mechanisms and phenomena.

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Submitted
18 Jul 2019
Accepted
27 Aug 2019
First published
28 Aug 2019

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 8724-8734
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Tailoring polymer dispersity and shape of molecular weight distributions: methods and applications

R. Whitfield, N. P. Truong, D. Messmer, K. Parkatzidis, M. Rolland and A. Anastasaki, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 8724
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC03546J

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