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Pure Appl. Chem., 2012, Vol. 84, No. 10, pp. 2113-2120

Published online 2012-04-29

Synthesis of copolymers of ethylene and (meth)acrylates or styrene by an original dual radical/catalytic mechanism

Alexandra Leblanc, Jean-Pierre Broyer, Christophe Boisson, Roger Spitz and Vincent Monteil*

Université de Lyon, Univ. Lyon 1, CPE Lyon, CNRS/UMR 5265 Laboratoire de Chimie Catalyse Polymères et Procédés (C2P2), LCPP team/Bat 308F, 43 Bd du 11 novembre 1918, F-69616 Villeurbanne, France

Abstract: Neutral NiII complexes, classically used for catalytic ethylene polymerization, can play an additional role as radical initiators of the homo- and copolymerizations of (meth)acrylates and styrene. Benefiting from this duality, the copolymerization of ethylene and various (meth)acrylates or styrene was successfully performed. Multiblock copolymers containing sequences of both ethylene and (meth)acrylates were prepared for the first time from an original dual radical/catalytic mechanism.