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Polymer Chemistry

Rooftop reactions

Designing a molecule that acts as both an initiator for a photo-controlled radical polymerization and as a reactive end-group for polymer chain crosslinking has enabled the preparation of polymeric gels whose properties can be controlled by exposure to sunlight.

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Figure 1: Photo-controlled radical polymerization and formation of end-linked polymeric gels.


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Haddleton, D. Rooftop reactions. Nature Chem 5, 366–368 (2013).

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