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Iron Catalysts in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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Academic Editor: Hans-Joachim Knölker
Molecules 2020, 25(7), 1648;
Received: 11 March 2020 / Revised: 31 March 2020 / Accepted: 1 April 2020 / Published: 3 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Iron Catalysis)
Catalysts are essential for mediating a controlled polymerization in atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Copper-based catalysts are widely explored in ATRP and are highly efficient, leading to well-controlled polymerization of a variety of functional monomers. In addition to copper, iron-based complexes offer new opportunities in ATRP catalysis to develop environmentally friendly, less toxic, inexpensive, and abundant catalytic systems. Despite the high efficiency of iron catalysts in controlling polymerization of various monomers including methacrylates and styrene, ATRP of acrylate-based monomers by iron catalysts still remains a challenge. In this paper, we review the fundamentals and recent advances of iron-catalyzed ATRP focusing on development of ligands, catalyst design, and techniques used for iron catalysis in ATRP. View Full-Text
Keywords: iron catalyst; ATRP; controlled radical polymerization; external stimuli iron catalyst; ATRP; controlled radical polymerization; external stimuli
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Dadashi-Silab, S.; Matyjaszewski, K. Iron Catalysts in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. Molecules 2020, 25, 1648.

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