The range of accessible well-defined synthetic polymers expanded dramatically with the discovery of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). In fact, there are so many options for variations of block, statistical and gradient copolymers, not to mention graft, hyperbranched and star molecular architectures, polymer scientists have only begun to sample the tremendous range of properties and potential applications from these materials. Developments in microfluidic and microreactor technologies are creating opportunities to accelerate discovery in the area of well defined polymers. Recently, our group has begun to transfer some of these benefits to controlled radical polymerization. The microenvironment has potential applications for rapid synthesis of libraries of materials, as described here, as well as potential to enable synthesis of certain materials that remain a challenge with conventional techniques.ATRP was the first choice of reaction systems to work with due to its simplicity, versatility and the abundance of commercially available starting materials.
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ATRP in Microchannels, Journal of the American Chemical Society, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=852508
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