Synthesis of Block Copolymers by Combination of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Visible Light-Induced Free Radical Promoted Cationic Polymerization

Kahveci M. Ü., ACIK G., Yagci Y.

MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS, vol.33, no.4, pp.309-313, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/marc.201100641
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.309-313
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A new synthetic approach for the preparation of block copolymers by mechanistic transformation from atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) to visible light-induced free radical promoted cationic polymerization is described. A series of halide end-functionalized polystyrenes with different molecular weights synthesized by ATRP were utilized as macro-coinitiators in dimanganese decacarbonyl [Mn2(CO)10] mediated free radical promoted cationic photopolymerization of cyclohexene oxide or isobutyl vinyl ether. Precursor polymers and corresponding block copolymers were characterized by spectral, chromatographic, and thermal analyses.