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50th Anniversary Perspective: Living Polymerization—Emphasizing the Molecule in Macromolecules

The ideal of living polymerization has defined research in polymer chemistry over the past 50 years. In this Perspective, we present the case that this concept has enabled the treatment of polymers as organic molecules, rather than impure mixtures of species, and allowed the translation of methods developed by synthetic organic chemists into ever more accessible living and/or controlled polymerization methods. The concurrent development of rapid analytical methods for screening new polymerization methods for living characteristics, chiefly size exclusion chromatography, has greatly aided in the expansion of living polymerization methods.

Authors:   Robert B. Grubbs; Robert H. Grubbs
Journal:   Macromolecules
Year:   2017
DOI:   10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01440
Publication date:   17-Sep-2017
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