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Perylene as an Organic Photocatalyst for the Radical Polymerization of Functionalized Vinyl Monomers through Oxidative Quenching with Alkyl Bromides and Visible Light

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posted on 17.12.2015, 06:17 authored by Garret M. Miyake, Jordan C. Theriot
The generation of carbon-centered radicals from alkyl bromides through an oxidative quenching pathway using perylene as an organic visible-light photocatalyst is described. This methodology is used to initiate the radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate and other functionalized vinyl monomers. The polymers possess bromide chain-end groups that can be used to reinitiate polymerization to produce block copolymers. Control over the polymerization propagation can be achieved through pulsed light sequences while the ability to use natural sunlight to promote carbon–carbon bond formation produces polymers with dispersity as low as 1.29.