This invention is a new living free-radical polymerization technique which uses the external stimulus light as a trigger, and is oxygen tolerant.
This invention allows for a high degree of control over the polymerization activation and deactivation such that well-defined polymer structures can be prepared with a narrow molecular weight distribution.
This technique is applicable to a wide range of monomers, including both conjugated and unconjugated monomers.
- Low polydispersity index (~1.1)
- Visible light induced polymerization
- Oxygen tolerant
- ON/OFF control of the polymerisation reaction
- Mild reactions conditions
- Minimal catalyst used (<1 ppm)
- Simple reaction setup
- Surface coating and modification, eg. fibre functionalization.
- Nanolithography, eg. silicon wafer and conducting glasses.
- Biotechnology, eg. protein modification.
- Additive manufacturing.
- Multiblock copolymers.
High quality, targeted polymers produced
Tight control over: reaction rate and duration, polymer molecular weight distribution, and the resulting polymer architectures formed.
Safe, energy efficient, and mild
Oxygen-tolerant, room temperature, water as solvent, ultrafast, and resulting in non-toxic products.
We are seeking research collaborators and industry partners to further develop this technology.