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Termination Mechanism of the Radical Polymerization of Acrylates

Nakamura, Yasuyuki; Lee, Richmond; Coote, Michelle; Yamago, Shigeru


The termination mechanism of the radical polymerization of acrylates, namely the selectivity of disproportionation (Disp) and combination (Comb) between polymer end radicals, is unambiguously determined by the reaction of polyacrylate end radicals generated from corresponding "living" organotellurium ω-end polymer. While textbooks describe the occurrence of Comb, the reaction at 25 °C exclusively gives the Disp products. Ab initio molecular dynamics suggests that the products form by two...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-03
Type: Journal article
Source: Macromolecular rapid communications
DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500677
Access Rights: Open Access


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