Synthesis of complex polymeric architectures using multilithiated carbanionic initiators - Comparison with other approaches

Rachid Matmour*, Yves Gnanou

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Abstract

This article reviews the various methods developed to generate di- and multicarbanionic lithiated initiators, the difficulties associated with their synthesis but also their potential in macromolecular engineering. It is shown that a wealth of complex macromolecular architectures based on monomers amenable to carbanionic polymerization can now be synthesized by divergent approach from these di- and multicarbanionic lithiated initiators. A comparison is made with other types of multifunctional initiators that have been developed from other living/controlled polymerizations, generating similar complex polymeric architectures from other monomers. A comparison is also made with the structures generated by the convergent carbanionic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-62
Number of pages33
JournalProgress in Polymer Science
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Asymmetric stars
  • Dendrimer-like polymers
  • Dicarbanionic lithiated initiators
  • Miktoarm stars
  • Multicarbanionic lithiated polymers
  • Star polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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