Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 231–242

Poly(vinyl acetate) and Poly(vinyl propionate) Star Polymers via Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization


DOI: 10.1007/s00289-005-0338-9

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Boschmann, D. & Vana, P. Polym. Bull. (2005) 53: 231. doi:10.1007/s00289-005-0338-9


Poly(vinyl acetate) and poly(vinyl propionate) star polymers with four arms were produced via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, employing a tetra-functional xanthate as the RAFT agent, in which the stabilizing groups are linked to the core. These novel star-like RAFT agents induced living/controlled behavior in both the vinyl acetate polymerization at 60 °C and in the vinyl propionate polymerization at 90 °C, respectively, leading to star polymers with minimum polydispersities of 1.2 and maximum apparent number average molecular weights of about 50,000 g·mol-1. The microstructure of the star polymers was confirmed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Physikalische ChemieGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany