A mechanistic perspective on atom transfer radical polymerization

Alfred K.K. Fung, Michelle L. Coote

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Since its invention 25 years ago, atom transfer radical polymerization has become one of the most dominant methods in controlled radical polymerization. This rise in importance is due in large part to increases in scope, reduced catalyst loading and improved oxygen tolerance. These developments have been in turn underpinned by an improved understanding of the mechanism, kinetics and structure–reactivity trends. This mini-review outlines these mechanistic developments with a particular emphasis on the relationship between structure and activity in both the catalyst and alkyl halide substrate, and their implications for future catalyst design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)918-926
Number of pages9
JournalPolymer International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • atom transfer radical polymerization
  • ATRP catalyst design
  • cross-coupling
  • structure–reactivity analysis


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