Recent advances in RAFT polymerization of monomers derived from renewable resources
The design and preparation of sustainable materials has received considerable interest in recent years due to growing environmental concerns and diminishing crude oil reserves. In a recently published Minireview, the polymerization of renewable monomers by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization is discussed. Specifically, small molecules extracted from biomass and their conversion to polymerizable vinyl monomers is examined. Applications of these renewable RAFT polymers are also highlighted and the future outlook for this area of research is considered.
The review has been published in Polymer Chemistry, 2020, 11, 220 DOI:10.1039/C9PY01128E