TREN versus Me6-TREN as ligands in SET-LRP of methyl acrylate

Nga H. Nguyen, Martin E. Levere, Virgil Percec

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The commercially available tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) was used as ligand to mediate the single-electron transfer-living radical polymerization (SET-LRP) of methyl acrylate in dimethyl sulfoxide initiated with the bifunctional initiator bis(2-bromopropionyl)ethane and catalyzed by both nonactivated and activated Cu(0) wire. A comparative study between TREN and tris(2-dimethylaminoethyl)amine (Me6-TREN) ligand, that is more commonly used in SET-LRP, demonstrated that TREN provided a slower polymerization but the chain-ends functionality of the resulting bifunctional poly(methyl acrylate) was near quantitative and comparable to that obtained when Me6-TREN was used as a ligand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • kinetics
  • living polymerization
  • single-electron transfer-living radical polymerization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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