Synthesis 2012; 44(16): 2555-2559
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1290780
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Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization of Styrene, Butyl Acrylate, or Methyl Methacrylate by Microflow Reactor Technology

Takahide Fukuyama
a  Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531, Japan, Fax: +81(72)2549695   Email: ryu@c.s.osakafu-u.ac.jp
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Yoshito Kajihara
a  Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531, Japan, Fax: +81(72)2549695   Email: ryu@c.s.osakafu-u.ac.jp
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Ilhyong Ryu*
a  Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531, Japan, Fax: +81(72)2549695   Email: ryu@c.s.osakafu-u.ac.jp
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Armido Studer*
b  Institute of Organic Chemistry and NRW Graduate School of Chemistry, University of Münster, Corrensstr. 40, 48149 Münster, Germany, Fax: +49(251)8336523   Email: studer@uni-muenster.de
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Publication History

Received: 07 February 2012

Accepted after revision: 05 March 2012

Publication Date:
30 March 2012 (online)

Abstract

The nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization (NMP) of styrene and butyl acrylate in microflow tubular reactors was examined. In comparison with polymerizations conducted in a batch reactor under otherwise identical conditions, the microflow setup gave higher conversions and produced polymers with lower polydispersity indices. Block copolymers of the two monomers could be synthesized by connecting two microflow tubular reactors through a T-junction. The NMP of methyl methacrylate in a microflow tubular reactor was also investigated.

 
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