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Water-soluble RAFT/MADIX polymers : synthesis and use for the preparation of tunable nanohybrid particles

Mathias Destarac, Polymères et Radicaux, Ingénierie et Architectures Macromoléculaires (PRIAM) du Laboratoire Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée (LHFA, UMR CNRS 5069 - Institut de Chimie de Toulouse

par Salmon Jean-Baptiste - publié le , mis à jour le

Among the different controlled radical polymerization strategies, RAFT/MADIX polymerization is undoubtedly the method of choice for directly controlling the polymerization of water-soluble monomers in aqueous media. Moreover, the thiocarbonylthio group of the R-S(C=S)Z RAFT/MADIX agent is chemically compatible with a great number of functional groups, which opens numerous options for the synthesis of highly functional hydrophilic (co)polymers with various architectures. Some unprecedentedly well-controlled aqueous polymerizations of common monomers are presented. Various polyelectrolytes and thermosensitive polymers derived from RAFT/MADIX polymerization are used to prepare hybrid polymer-inorganic colloids with tunable properties.