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See detailIn situ nitroxide-mediated polymerization of styrene promoted by the N-tert-butyl-alpha-isopropylnitrone/BPO pair: ESR investigations
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Clément, Jean-Louis; Sciannaméa, Valérie et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2013), 51(8), 1786-1795

The styrene polymerization initiated by benzoyl peroxide (BPO) in the presence of N-tert-butyl--isopropylnitrone as nitroxide precursor is well-controlled provided that a prereaction between the nitrone ... [more ▼]

The styrene polymerization initiated by benzoyl peroxide (BPO) in the presence of N-tert-butyl--isopropylnitrone as nitroxide precursor is well-controlled provided that a prereaction between the nitrone and BPO is carried out in suitable conditions prior to polymerization at a higher temperature. Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy was implemented to probe the nitroxides formed during both steps, that is, the prereaction and polymerization, and to get crucial information regarding the structure of the nitroxides responsible for the polymerization control. ESR studies combined with first principles calculations have evidenced that nitroxides observed during the prereaction in the presence of styrene and during the polymerization steps consist of a mixture of two macronitroxides. One is formed by the addition of a growing polystyrene chain to the nitrone as would be expected. However, the second one results from the addition of a polystyrene chain to tert-butyl nitroso that is in situ formed presumably by decomposition of the first macronitroxide type. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanistic investigation and selectivity of the grafting onto C60 of macroradicals prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Gigmes, Didier et al

in Polymer (2012), 53(20), 4353-4358

The grafting mechanism of poly(vinyl acetate) macroradicals prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization onto C60 is investigated. The experimental conditions directly impact the nature and ... [more ▼]

The grafting mechanism of poly(vinyl acetate) macroradicals prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization onto C60 is investigated. The experimental conditions directly impact the nature and stability of the PVAc/C60 adducts. In the presence of residual initiating radicals that can compete with PVAc! macroradicals for addition onto C60, mixtures of PVAc/C60 adducts having between one and eight polymer chains per C60 are formed. PVAc/C60 adducts prepared with low [PVAc]:[C60] ratios may contain weak C60-C60 bonds that further dissociate and account for the instability of the products. The formation of such dimers can be lessened by increasing the temperature from 30 !C to 100 !C. The temperature increase also allows a complete dissociation of the PVAc-Co dormant species into PVAc! macroradicals and an almost quantitative grafting of eight PVAc chains onto C60, leading to well-de!ned C60(PVAc)8 octa-adducts. These results might shed new light on the grafting onto C60 of macroradicals prepared by other CRP techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailDispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate in supercritical carbon dioxide using in situ formed stabilizers
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Phan, Tran; Bertin, Denis et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2010), 1(6), 837-840

PMMA microspheres were successfully prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide by controlled dispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate using perfluorinated stabilizers that were ... [more ▼]

PMMA microspheres were successfully prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide by controlled dispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate using perfluorinated stabilizers that were generated “in situ”. [less ▲]

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See detailIn situ formation of stabilizers for the implementation of dispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of MMA in supercritical carbon dioxide
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gigmes, Didier; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, September 17)

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2 ... [more ▼]

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2-philic perfluorinated surfactant that was generated “in situ”. The control of the MMA polymerization relies on the strategy developed by Charleux et al. that consists of using a SG1-based alkoxyamine, i.e. the block-builder, in the presence of small amount of styrene. In a first step, CO2 soluble polyheptadecafluorodecylacrylate was prepared in scCO2 using block-builder as an alkoxyamine. In a second step, nitroxide SG1 mediated dispersion polymerization of MMA was conducted at 70°C and 300 bar in the presence of 5 w% of SG1 terminated surfactant compared to the monomer. Different monomer to alkoxyamine molar ratios were investigated in order to target different molecular weights. In each case, the monomer conversion was high (>90 %), the experimental molecular weight was in good agreement with the theoretical value and the polydispersity was narrow (Mw/Mn ~1.2). Moreover, after depressurisation of the cell, PMMA was collected as a free flowing powder consisting of small sized microspheres. [less ▲]

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See detailDispersion nitroxide mediated polymerization of MMA in supercritical carbon dioxide
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gigmes, Didier; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2009, May 14)

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2 ... [more ▼]

Controlled dispersion Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was successfully carried out for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of CO2-philic perfluorinated surfactant that was generated “in situ”. The control of the MMA polymerization relies on the strategy developed by Charleux et al. that consists of using a SG1-based alkoxyamine, i.e. the block-builder, in the presence of small amount of styrene. In a first step, CO2 soluble polyheptadecafluorodecylacrylate was prepared in scCO2 using block-builder as an alkoxyamine. In a second step, nitroxide SG1 mediated dispersion polymerization of MMA was conducted at 70°C and 300 bar in the presence of 5 w% of SG1 terminated surfactant compared to the monomer. Different monomer to alkoxyamine molar ratios were investigated in order to target different molecular weights. In each case, the monomer conversion was high (>90 %), the experimental molecular weight was in good agreement with the theoretical value and the polydispersity was narrow (Mw/Mn ~1.2). Moreover, after depressurisation of the cell, PMMA was collected as a free flowing powder consisting of small sized microspheres. [less ▲]

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See detailESR Investigation of Chemical Exchange in Geminally Diphosphorylated Linear Nitroxide Radicals
Rockenbauer, Antal; Olive, Gilles ULg; Rozanska, Xavier et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2004), 108(25), 5484-5489

For geminally diphosphorylated linear nitroxide radicals, a marked line width alternation (LWA) can be observed. The LWA appears irrespectively whether the investigated radicals R¢¢N(O¥)C(P(O)(OEt)2)2R¢ ... [more ▼]

For geminally diphosphorylated linear nitroxide radicals, a marked line width alternation (LWA) can be observed. The LWA appears irrespectively whether the investigated radicals R¢¢N(O¥)C(P(O)(OEt)2)2R¢ contain any chiral group or not. If R¢¢ ) tert-butyl and R¢ ) H, the small â-hydrogen coupling indicates a completely blocked rotation around the N-C ó-bond and the LWA can be assigned to a chemical exchange between conformations in which the phosphoryl groups have a symmetric and a nonsymmetric geometry. The conformational change is accompanied by the deformation of the CP2 bonding angle and the rate of exchange is slowed in pentane for which the solvent molecules can be trapped by the chelating phosphoryl groups. If R¢¢ ) benzyl, both the proton hyperfine lines of the CH2 group and the phosphorus lines of the CP2 group produce a LWA; two coalescences can be observed. In the case of a chiral R¢¢ group (R¢¢ ) secondary butyl, R¢ ) methyl) a tentative four-site model can explain the highly complex LWA. [less ▲]

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