Continuous process for ATRP: Synthesis of homo and block copolymers

Tetsuya Noda, Anthony J. Grice, Martin E. Levere, David M. Haddleton

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Continuous ATRP of MMA was carried out in a flow tubular reactor with varying flow rate, temperature, and [monomer]/[initiator] ratios. Changing the flow rate directly relates to the reaction time. This process produces polymer continuously with the conversion increasing with decreasing flow rate. The molecular weight (relating to the flow rate) increases linearly with conversion which is also observed when the [monomer]/[initiator] ratio was changed. The effect of altering the reaction temperature was studied and the apparent activation energy of the propagation reaction of MMA in this system was calculated to be ∼56.9 kJ mol-1, close to the values reported previously. Preparation of diblock copolymers is also reported with varying comonomers and the conversion, and SEC results suggested that this continuous system is an excellent and facile way to have a continuous ATRP process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2321-2330
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number6
Early online date13 Mar 2007
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007


  • ATRP
  • Continuous process
  • Living polymerization
  • Methacrylate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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