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Controlled Radical Polymerization in Confined Spaces



Kathryn L. Beers


Advanced polymeric materials in applications as diverse as tissue engineering, electronics and personal care products require superior control of a wide range of properties. From molecular properties such as molar mass and chain composition, to the properties of complex mixtures, high throughput and combinatorial techniques are providing researchers access to enormous libraries en route to both improved fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships and better products. The appeal of microreactor technology to this scientific community is three-fold: further reduction of scale in expensive specialty applications; faster, less expensive process integration in laboratory-scale investigations of complex, multi-step manufacturing protocols; and potential discovery of new or improved products from the unique microreaction environment. The technical mission of the NIST Combinatorial Methods Center (NCMC) has two key components: development of new library fabrication techniques and commensurate high throughput and combinatorial measurement methods. Microfluidic device fabrication methods were designed to facilitate rapid redesign and fast in-house production of the chips. Our recent work demonstrates three basic routes to using the micro-environment to prepare both gradient and discrete polymer libraries from radical polymerizations.
Proceedings Title
International Symposium on Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism | 4th | | IUPAC
Conference Dates
September 3-8, 2006
Conference Location
Il Ciocco - Tuscany, IT
Conference Title
International Symposium on Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism


atom transfer radical polymerization, microfluidics, radical polymerization


Beers, K. (2006), Controlled Radical Polymerization in Confined Spaces, International Symposium on Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism | 4th | | IUPAC, Il Ciocco - Tuscany, IT, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created August 21, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017