Vol. 55 No. sp. is. 1 (2023): Vol. 55, special issue 1, 2023: In memoriam to the late Prof. Dr. Yusuf YAĞCI (1952-2023)
ITU ARI-A Natural Sciences

Photo-mediated Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Mechanistic Insight and Future Perspectives

Mustafa Ciftci
Bursa Technical University

Published 04/08/2024


  • metal-free,
  • photo-mediated,
  • ATRP

How to Cite

Ciftci, Mustafa, Omer Suat Taskin, Mehmet Atilla Tasdelen, and Cagatay Altinkok. 2024. “Photo-Mediated Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Mechanistic Insight and Future Perspectives”. ITU ARI Bulletin of Istanbul Technical University 55 (sp. is. 1):53-56. https://ari.itu.edu.tr/index.php/ituari/article/view/76.


Among the various controlled/living radical polymerization approaches, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) stands out as the most commonly employed technique. Nevertheless, the requirement for a metal catalyst poses a disadvantage and constrains its wider applicability. In light of advancements in reducing the concentration of metal catalysts, recent developments have demonstrated that ATRP can be conducted under metal-free conditions through light irradiation. Based on its unique properties, it has become a valuable tool in the design and synthesis of tailorable polymers for a wide range of applications. In this mini-review the fundamental features of the reductive and oxidative quenching mechanism of metal-free ATRP are provided in addition to the potential applications.


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