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Recent Advances in Microwave-Assisted Polymer Synthesis

Sebastian Sinnwell A B, Helmut Ritter A C

A Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, Chair for Preparative Polymer Chemistry, Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf, 40225 Duesseldorf, Germany.
B Present address: Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD), School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.
C Corresponding author. Email: h.ritter@uni-duesseldorf.de
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In the past few years the use of microwave irradiation in polymer science has become a well-established technique to drive and promote chemical reactions. The main advantages of microwave heating are a strong reduction in reaction time and a high potential to contribute to green and sustainable chemistry. This article provides a short review of recent examples in the field of microwave-assisted polymer synthesis with special emphasis on radical polymerizations, step-growth polymerizations, ring-opening polymerizations, and polymer modifications.

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