2002 Progress Report: Towards Elimination of Transition Metals and VOCs from the Environmentally Benign Materials Made by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP)

EPA Grant Number: R829580
Title: Towards Elimination of Transition Metals and VOCs from the Environmentally Benign Materials Made by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP)
Investigators: Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof , Iovu, Mihaela , Lee, Sang Boom , Li, Mei , Tsarevsky, Nick
Current Investigators: Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof , Braunecker, Wade , Iovu, Mihaela , Itami, Yujiro , Lee, Sang Boom , Li, Mei , Lutz, Jean Francois , McKenzie, Blayne , Min, Ke , Tsarevsky, Nick
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Current Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
EPA Project Officer: Richards, April
Project Period: January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2004
Project Period Covered by this Report: January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2003
Project Amount: $350,000
RFA: Technology for a Sustainable Environment (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Nanotechnology , Sustainability , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development


The objective of this research project is to eliminate the transition metal and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the materials synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). This requires improvement on the catalytic system and selection of environmentally friendly media, including solventless bulk polymerization, or carrying out the polymerization in water.

Progress Summary:

During the reporting period, we prepared several well- defined polymers, including block, random, and gradient copolymers, and end functional copolymers using an immobilized/soluble hybrid ATRP catalyst. A level of residual catalyst in these systems was reduced by 1,000 times from approximately 10,000 ppm (1 percent) to 10 ppm without a loss of molecular control. We also carried out ATRP in ionic liquids, and in mixtures of toluene with water to more easily remove and recycle the transition metal catalyst. We significantly improved the heterogeneous miniemulsion process by reducing the amount of surfactant threefold and increasing solid contents twofold in stable latexes.

Future Activities:

In the next year, we will continue our work in environmentally friendly media and prepare well-defined polymers and block copolymers in water and in bulk to reduce VOCs. This will include homogeneous polymerization in water and emulsion/suspension systems.

Journal Articles on this Report : 3 Displayed | Download in RIS Format

Other project views: All 41 publications 22 publications in selected types All 18 journal articles
Type Citation Project Document Sources
Journal Article Hong SC, Lutz J-F, Inoue Y, Strissel C, Nuyken O, Matyjaszewski K. Use of an immobilized/soluble hybrid ATRP catalyst system for the preparation of block copolymers, random copolymers, and polymers with high degree of chain end functionality. Macromolecules 2003;36(4):1075-1082. R829580 (2002)
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  • Abstract: ACS -Abstract
  • Journal Article Hong SC, Neugebauer D, Inoue Y, Lutz J-F, Matyjaszewski K. Preparation of segmented copolymers in the presence of an immobilized/soluble hybrid ATRP catalyst system. Macromolecules 2003;36(1):27-35. R829580 (2002)
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  • Abstract: American Chemical Society - Abstract
  • Journal Article Sarbu T, Pintauer T, McKenzie B, Matyjaszewski K. Atom transfer radical polymerization of styrene in toluene/water mixtures. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2002;40(18):3153-3160. R829580 (2002)
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  • Abstract: Wiley - Abstract
  • Supplemental Keywords:

    water, bulk, volatile organic compounds, VOC, heavy metals, solvents, recycling, modeling, environmental polymer chemistry., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Sustainable Industry/Business, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Sustainable Environment, Chemistry, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Chemistry and Materials Science, New/Innovative technologies, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, transition metal catalysts, environmental problems and polymers, catalysts, modeling, polymerization chemistry, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), polymers, recycling, environmentally benign alternative, homogeneous catalysis, environmentally benign catalysts, pollution prevention, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), polymer design, heavy metals

    Relevant Websites:

    http://www.chem.cmu.edu/groups/maty Exit

    Progress and Final Reports:

    Original Abstract
    2003 Progress Report
    Final Report