Conventional free radical polymerization in room temperature ionic liquids: a green approach to commodity polymers with practical advantages

H.L. Hong, H.W. Zhang, J.W. Mays, A.E. Visser, C.S. Brazel, John Holbrey, W.M. Reichert, Robin Rogers

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Free-radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate and styrene using conventional organic initiators in the room temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([ C(4)mim][PF6]) is rapid and produces polymers with molecular weights up to 10x higher than from benzene; both polymerization and isolation of products were achieved without using VOCs, offering economic as well as environmental advantages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1368-1369
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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