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Light Initiated Polymerization

This technology provides a method for using visible light to control polymerization of block copolymers in a ‘one-pot’ synthesis approach that has not been possible previously. This method can be used to simplify the synthesis of the most popular industrial polymers in production today including thermoplastic elastomers such as Kraton, which currently requires a complex three-step process.

Applications

  • Copolymerization of acrylates and vinyls to generate block copolymers in one step

Problems Addressed

  • Current polymer synthesis techniques are costly and complex

Competitive Advantages

  • ‘One-pot’ Synthesis
  • Highly controllable polymerization
  • Use of organometallic catalysts as photocatalytic agents

Patents

  • Provisional patent application filed