Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) in Disperse Phase Systems

Ref: 13180
The use of RAFT controlled radical polymerisation in disperse phase systems to generate novel polymer composite nanostructures.

Key advantages
  • Enables free radical polymerisation to be used to prepare short chain block copolymers.


Normal free radical polymerisation only allows the preparation of random copolymers. These have been explored extensively to provide solutions to all sorts of problem over many decades. Controlled radical polymerisation allows much more control over polymer architecture.

The invention

We have adapted RAFT controlled radical polymerisation for use in disperse phase systems.


The invention has application almost anywhere polymers are used: Cosmetics, textiles, fragrances, inkjet printing, optical devices, paper manufacture applications, barrier products (surgical gloves, condoms, etc.), image reproduction, anti terror devices, radar absorbing paint, original finish automotive paint and agrochemicals.

Principal inventors

  • Brian Hawkett