Chemical Papers

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 336–341 | Cite as

Facile synthesis of gemini surface-active ATRP initiator and its use in soap-free AGET ATRP mini-emulsion polymerisation

  • Chuan Jie ChengEmail author
  • Quan Lei Fu
  • Xiong Xiong Bai
  • Shao Jin Liu
  • Liang ShenEmail author
  • Wu Qin Fan
  • Hong Xia Li
Original Paper


A novel cationic gemini surfactant has been readily synthesised in 70 % total yield. The functional gemini surfactant can act both as an emulsifier and an atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) initiator in mini-emulsion polymerisation of methyl methacrylate (MMA), in which no other emulsifier was required. 1-(Dimethylamino)dodecane (N,N-dimethyldodecylamine, DMDA) was found to be a good ligand in the activator generated by electron transfer (AGET) ATRP reaction. Kinetic studies indicated that the polymerisation featured controlled/living radical polymerisation.


gemini surfactant activator generated by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerisation (AGET ATRP) mini-emulsion polymerisation soap-free 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chuan Jie Cheng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Quan Lei Fu
    • 1
  • Xiong Xiong Bai
    • 1
  • Shao Jin Liu
    • 1
  • Liang Shen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wu Qin Fan
    • 1
  • Hong Xia Li
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringJiangxi Science & Technology Normal UniversityJiangxiChina

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