|Living Radical Polymerization
and New Block Copolymers
Takeshi Fukuda,Atsushi Goto
Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University Kyoto,Japan
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2003),76(8), 289-293 General Review in Japanese.
Living radical polymerization (LRP) is distinguished from conventional radical polymerization by its including a reversible deactivation process of the growing radical. It has several different branches depending on the mechanism of reversible deactivation. This work gives a brief survey of recent development in the theory, kinetics, and techniques of LRP, emphasizing the importance of mechanistic understandings for a successful application of LRP. It then illustrates applications and possibility of LRP for the synthesis of new block copolymers including thermoplastic elastomers.
Living Radical Polymerization (LRP) , ATRP , RAFT, NMP , Block Copolymers