A highly alternating polymer sequence of methacrylate and acrylate has been made via living radical polymerization by researchers from Kyoto University.
“Template monomers” – consisting of two polymerisable alkene functions, e.g. methacylate and acrylate, placed side-by-side at the 1 and 8 positions of a rigid naphthalene scaffold – were used to create highly alternating polymers. Metal catalysed living radical polymerisation of these “templates” gave linear, controlled polymers with no cross-linking.
Interested to know more? Why not read the full article for free: Yusuke Hibi, Shinsuke Tokuoka, Takaya Terashima, Makoto Ouchi and Mitsuo Sawamoto, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 341–347
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