Controlled Reversible Deactivation Radical Photopolymerization
Photoinduced reversible deactivation radical polymerization (photoRDRP) has in recent years become a popular method for the synthesis of precision polymer materials. PhotoRDRP often gives access to robust and energy-efficient polymerization methods, and allows for spatiotemporal control over reactions. For every major thermal RDRP technique, photoinduced counterparts are available, with photo-nitroxide mediated polymerization, photo-reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer polymerization and photo-atom transfer radical polymerization. In this chapter, these techniques are summarized and compared, followed by an overview of 2D surface patterning based on photoRDRP and the application of continuous flow techniques for scalable photopolymerization.