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ATRP Consortium (1996–2000)

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ATRP Consortium


About the ATRP Consortium

The ATRP Consortium was formed to seek industrial sponsorship for development of the Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization process discovered at CMU in 1994.


The primary objectives of the Consortium were to:

define the scope of ATRP
protect the technology developed at CMU, and
transfer of the technology developed within the Consortium to the industrial sponsors.


Research conducted under the auspices of the ATRP Consortium was quite successful:

The group published over 200 papers during the term of the Consortium and presented close to 100 papers at ACS Meetings.
The University filed five major patent applications within this time period, and five more specialized applications. This has resulted in seventeen issued US patents while thirteen applications remain active.
Technology Transfer to the industrial sponsors also succeeded. Nine of the original sponsors presently have 75 issued US patents and an additional 60 published applications covering products based on ATRP.
Licenses have been signed.
Within the term of the ATRP Consortium the capability of ATRP was expanded to allow control over polymer composition, architecture, micro- and macro-functionality and the synthesis of many novel hybrid structures were demonstrated.
Conditions for polymerization of most radically (co)polymerizable monomers into homopolymers, copolymers, gradient copolymers, block and graft copolymers in bulk, solution, or in homogeneous or biphasic aqueous systems were also identified and taught.
The activity of the transition metal catalyst complex was increased by several orders of magnitude and hybrid catalyst systems with low environmental impact amenable to continuous polymerization were developed.