Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Using Semiconductor Nanoparticles

Dadashi-Silab S., Tasdelen M. A., Asiri A. M., Khan S. B., Yagci Y.

MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS, vol.35, no.4, pp.454-459, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/marc.201300704
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.454-459
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Photoinduced atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate initiated by in situ generation of copper (I) complex from higher oxidation state species using neat zinc oxide and iron-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles is investigated. The polymerizations proceed in a well-controlled manner under UV light at room temperature as evidenced by kinetic and light on-off experiments. The evolution of molecular weight with conversion shows good correlations between experimental and theoretical molecular weights, which confirmed good control over polymerization along with a narrow molecular weight distribution.