WILLCOCK, H. and O'REILLY, R., 2010. End group removal and modification of RAFT polymers. Polymer Chemistry, 1 (2), pp.149-157.
This paper describes both well-established routes and recent advances in the end group modification of polymers synthesised by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation. The lability of the thiocarbonylthio group, which facilitates the RAFT mechanism, allows for ready post-polymerisation functionalisation of RAFT polymers by a number of techniques. In particular, end group thermolysis, radical induced reduction, hetero-Diels-Alder reactions and reaction with nucleophiles are discussed as are the applications and limitations of each method. The versatility of RAFT as a polymerisation tool for the synthesis of polymers with functional end groups for a range of applications is demonstrated.