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The Matyjaszewski Research Group directed by Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, was the first to develop a controlled “living” polymerization that used a simple, inexpensive polymerization system. 

Controlled Radical Polymerization (CRP) technology, which includes Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP), gives precise control over the structure of the resulting polymer, and the ability to create complex structures such as "stars and brushes", "nanostructured materials", and "networks/gels" with narrow polydispersity.

Potential end products could include; lubricants that have improved flow characteristics, paints that are easier to apply, and mixtures of chemicals that have improved stability.

While these are examples of what the technology can achieve, none truly captures the potential that is available when one can accurately and reproducibly control that structure and composition of polymers at the molecular level. 

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