Journal article

Sono-RAFT Polymerization in Aqueous Medium

Thomas G McKenzie, Enrico Colombo, Qiang Fu, Muthupandian Ashokkumar, Greg G Qiao

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION | WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH | Published : 2017

Abstract

The ultrasonic irradiation of aqueous solution is demonstrated to be a suitable source of initiating radicals for a controlled radical polymerization when conducted in the presence of a thiocarbonylthio-containing reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) agent. This allows for a highly "green" method of externally regulated/controlled polymerization with a potentially broad scope for polymerizable monomers and/or polymer structures.