RAFT polymerization of alternating styrene-pentafluorostyrene copolymers

Niels Ten Brummelhuis, Marcus Weck

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Reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization was used to control the alternating copolymerization of styrene and 2,3,4,5,6-pentaflurostyrene. The RAFT polymerization yields a high degree of control over the molecular weight of the polymers and does not significantly influence the reactivity ratios of the monomers. The controlled free-radical polymerization could be initiated using AIBN at elevated temperatures or using a redox couple (benzoyl peroxide/N,N-dimethylaniline) at room temperature, while maintaining control over molecular weight and dispersity. The influence of temperature and solvent on the molecular weight distribution and reactivity ratios were investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1555-1559
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014


  • alternating copolymerization
  • microstructure
  • monomer sequence
  • radical polymerization
  • reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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