Living Polymerization Methods

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Science  22 Feb 1991:
Vol. 251, Issue 4996, pp. 887-893
DOI: 10.1126/science.251.4996.887


Living polymerization techniques can be used to achieve a high degree of control over polymer chain architecture. Examples of the type of polymers that can be synthesized include block copolymers, comb-shaped polymers, multiarmed polymers, ladder polymers, and cyclic polymers. This control of structure, in turn, results in polymers with widely diverse physical properties, even though they are made from readily available low-cost monomers.

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