Special Issue "Living Polymerization Techniques"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Graeme Moad
CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Bag 10, Clayton South, Victoria 3169, Australia
Website: http://www.csiro.au/people/Graeme.Moad.html
E-Mail: graeme.moad@csiro.au
Phone: +61 395 452 509
Fax: +61 395 452 446
Interests: polymer design and synthesis; polymerization kinetics and mechanism; reversible deactivation radical polymerization (e.g., RAFT, NMP); reactive extrusion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This volume on living polymerization processes is intended to embrace all polymerization processes which show living characteristics. These characteristics include the ability to control molecular weight and molecular weight distribution, polymer composition and synthesize a variety of polymer architectures which including blocks and stars.

The classical living polymerization method is anionic polymerization. IUPAC have recommended that the term “living polymerization” be reserved for polymerizations that proceed in the absence irreversible termination (A.D. Jenkins, R.I. Jones, G. Moad. Pure Appl. Chem. 2010, 82, 483-491). The term “reversible deactivation radical polymerization” has been coined to describe those radical polymerization such as atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP) and radical polymerization with reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), which inevitably involve termination but which, with appropriate selection of reagents and reaction conditions, display most of the attributes associated with living polymerization. Some forms of ionic polymerization should similarly be termed reversible deactivation polymerizations.

Other forms of polymerization potentially included in this volume are some forms of cationic polymerization, group transfer polymerization, metathesis polymerization, catalyst transfer polymerization, Grignard metathesis polymerization (GRIM) and ring opening polymerization. There is no intention to be restrictive.

Dr. Graeme Moad
Guest Editor


  • living polymerization
  • reversible deactivation polymerization
  • polymer synthesis
  • mechanisms
  • anionic
  • radical
  • cationic
  • ring opening
  • group transfer
  • catalyst transfer
  • metathesis

Published Papers (4 papers)

Polymers 2012, 4(2), 1183-1194; doi:10.3390/polym4021183
Received: 27 February 2012; in revised form: 12 April 2012 / Accepted: 4 May 2012 / Published: 15 May 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(2), 1170-1182; doi:10.3390/polym4021170
Received: 12 March 2012; in revised form: 18 April 2012 / Accepted: 8 May 2012 / Published: 14 May 2012
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Polymers 2012, 4(2), 1125-1156; doi:10.3390/polym4021125
Received: 1 March 2012; in revised form: 13 April 2012 / Accepted: 19 April 2012 / Published: 2 May 2012
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Polymers 2011, 3(4), 1944-1971; doi:10.3390/polym3041944
Received: 7 September 2011; in revised form: 17 October 2011 / Accepted: 9 November 2011 / Published: 11 November 2011
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