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Block copolymer synthesis by controlled/living radical polymerisation in heterogeneous systems

Jennings, James; He, Guping; Howdle, Steven M.; Zetterlund, Per B.

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James Jennings

Guping He

Per B. Zetterlund



Abstract

Nanostructured soft materials open up new opportunities in material design and application, and block copolymer self-assembly is one particularly powerful phenomenon that can be exploited for their synthesis. The advent of controlled/living radical polymerisation (CLRP) has greatly simplified block copolymer synthesis, and versatility towards monomer types and polymer architectures across the different forms of CLRP has vastly expanded the range of functional materials accessible. CLRP-controlled synthesis of block copolymers has been applied in heterogeneous systems, motivated by the numerous process advantages and the position of emulsion polymerisation at the forefront of industrial latex synthesis. In addition to the inherent environmental advantages of heterogeneous routes, the incidence of block copolymer self-assembly within dispersed particles during polymerisation leads to novel nanostructured materials that offer enticing prospects for entirely new applications of block copolymers. Here, we review the range of block copolymers prepared by heterogeneous CLRP techniques, evaluate the methods applied to maximise purity of the products, and summarise the unique nanoscale morphologies resulting from in situ self-assembly, before discussing future opportunities within the field.

Citation

Jennings, J., He, G., Howdle, S. M., & Zetterlund, P. B. (in press). Block copolymer synthesis by controlled/living radical polymerisation in heterogeneous systems. Chemical Society Reviews, https://doi.org/10.1039/c6cs00253f

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 17, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 24, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2016
Journal Chemical Society Reviews
Print ISSN 0306-0012
Electronic ISSN 1460-4744
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1039/c6cs00253f
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/793644
Publisher URL http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2016/CS/C6CS00253F#!divAbstract

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