Title

Aqueous RAFT Polymerization of Acrylamide and N,N-Dimethylacrylamide at Room Temperature

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-19-2005

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

The first example of a room temperature reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization conducted directly in aqueous media is detailed. Under these conditions acrylamide and N,N-dimethylacrylamide may be polymerized in a controlled fashion to near quantitative conversions employing a difunctional trithio-carbonate chain transfer agent (CTA). Hydrolysis studies conducted at pH 5.5 suggest that the CTA is stable up to approximately 50 degrees C.

Publication Title

Macromolecular Rapid Communications

Volume

26

Issue

10

First Page

791

Last Page

795