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Controlled polymerization of multivinyl monomers: Formation of cyclized/knotted single-chain polymer architectures

Gao, Yongsheng, Newland, Ben, Zhou, Dezhong, Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof and Wang, Wenxin 2017. Controlled polymerization of multivinyl monomers: Formation of cyclized/knotted single-chain polymer architectures. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56 (2) , pp. 450-460. 10.1002/anie.201608786

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Abstract

Seventy years ago, Flory and Stockmayer predicted that the polymerization of multivinyl monomers (MVMs) would inevitably lead to insoluble cross‐linked gel networks. Since then, the use of MVMs has largely been limited to as cross‐linking agents. More recently, however, polymerization strategies such as reversible deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP) have paved the way for the exploration of new possibilities in terms of both polymer architectures and functional capabilities. This Minireview provides historical context to the problem of polymerizing MVMs, before highlighting how RDRP has led to the formation of new cyclized/knotted polymer structures. Although the potential of such cyclized/knot polymer architectures is far from being fulfilled, some emerging applications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1433-7851
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 27 October 2016
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 13:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/120556

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