Template-assisted selective radical addition toward sequence-regulated polymerization: lariat capture of target monomer by template initiator.
Surprisingly high monomer selectivity was demonstrated in competitive radical addition with two kinds of methacrylates carrying sodium and ammonium cation. Crucial is size-specific recognition by a lariat crown ether embedded close to the reactive halide in a designer template initiator. Especially, a combination with an active ruthenium catalyst led to outstanding selectivity at low temperature. This template system will open the way to unprecedented sequence-regulated polymerization.
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