Nitroxide-mediated living/controlled free radical polymerization

Celine Chevalier, Olivier Guerret, Yves Gnanou*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Free radical polymerization has been witnessing a sort of renaissance in terms of syntheticpossibilities with the discovery of methodologies that exhibit the characteristics of trulyliving/controlled processes. These living/controlled free radical systems include atom transferradical polymerization (ATRP), radical addition fragmentation/transfer (RAFT) proceduresand nitroxide-mediated polymerisation (NMP). None of them is universal but recent work onnitroxide-mediated polymerizations of certain vinyl monomers shows that they have thepotential to be implemented at industrial level. A vast range of them can indeed bepolymerized under living/controlled conditions in the presence of purposely designednitroxides and miscellaneous macromolecular architectures, including block copolymers, starsand star block copolymers can be derived by this chemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLiving and Controlled Polymerization
Subtitle of host publicationSynthesis, Characterization and Properties of the Respective Polymers and Copolymers
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1594543305, 9781594543302
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Block copolymers
  • Nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization
  • Star polymers
  • α-hydrido nitroxides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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