Photoinduced Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Biomass-Based Monomers

Jifu Wang, Liang Yuan, Zhongkai Wang, Md Anisur Rahman, Yucheng Huang, Tianyu Zhu, Ruibo Wang, Jianjun Cheng, Chunpeng Wang, Fuxiang Chu, Chuanbing Tang

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Well-defined polymers derived from biomass feedstock (e.g., soybean oil, rosin acid, and furfural) were successfully prepared by metal-free atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). In the presence of photoredox catalysts and UV irradiation, three biomass-based methacrylate monomers were efficiently polymerized with good control over molecular weight and dispersity. NMR and MALDI-TOF MS confirmed high fidelity of chain end groups originated from initiators. Furthermore, block copolymers from these monomers were also achieved through chain extension by metal-free ATRP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7709-7717
Number of pages9
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 25 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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