Webinar: Recent Developments in RAFT Agents


This webinar will provide an overview of recent advances in RAFT agents (900150, 900157 and 900158). New dithiocarbamate RAFT agents are extremely versatile RAFT agents with wide-spread monomer applicability. The RAFT agents have the distinct advantage of low odor and the derived polymers do not develop odor on storage as no low molar mass thiols are generated. In most cases they are an appropriate replacement for trithiocarbonate RAFT agents. The new RAFT agents have the ability to control polymerization of both MAMs (more activated monomers) and LAMs (less activated monomers) and have been shown to be suitable for the synthesis of poly(MAM)-block-poly(LAM), specifically poly(DMA)-blockpoly(VAc).

Areas Covered in the Webinar

  • Latest advances in dithiocarbamate RAFT agents
  • Benefits of using RAFT for the synthesis of novel polymers and copolymers, especially as compared to trithiocarbonates and dithiobenzoates
  • Overview of RAFT polymerization techniques
  • Most commonly asked questions and myths about RAFT

Who Should Watch

  • Polymer scientists
  • Research chemists

Dr. James Gardiner
Senior Research Scientist

James Gardiner is a Senior Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia, which he joined in 2010. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2004 and was a postdoc at ETH Zurich, Switzerland from 2004-2007 in the group of Prof Dr. Dieter Seebach. He then moved to Australia in 2008 as an ARC Linkage Fellow at the University of Adelaide and in 2009 was a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne with Prof Andrew Holmes.

James has extensive experience in organic chemistry and methodology and has a focus on the commercial development of manufacturing processes for the chemical and agro/pharmaceutical industries. He also has expertise in peptide synthesis, RAFT agents and polymers, and continuous flow chemistry through his association with FloWorks, CSIRO’s Centre for Industrial Flow Chemistry, which provides industry access to CSIRO’s cutting-edge research into industrial chemical processing.

Dr. Melissa Skidmore
Senior Research Scientist

Melissa Skidmore obtained her BSc (Hons, First Class) and PhD (1999) from the University of Melbourne in synthetic and computational organic free radical chemistry. Dr. Skidmore undertook post-doctoral research with the CRC for Polymers (2000) in the field of Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization. She was appointed as a Research Scientist at CSIRO in 2004 where she is currently co-leading the Polymer Chemistry Team. Dr. Skidmore is an experienced organic, polymer and computational chemist who specialised in the development and commercialisation of CSIRO’s RAFT polymerization technology. Dr. Skidmore’s current research interests include the commercial uptake of RAFT technology and agents, aqueous polymer compositions and the improvement of photochromic lens performance at elevated temperatures. Dr. Skidmore is a former recipient of the CSIRO Payne-Scott Award.

Dr. Graeme Moad
Senior Research Scientist and Inventor of RAFT

Graeme Moad obtained his BSc (Hons, First Class, 1974) and PhD (1978) from the University of Adelaide in organic free radical chemistry. Between 1977 and 1979, he undertook post-doctoral research at Pennsylvania State University with Prof Steven J. Benkovic in the field of biological organic chemistry. He joined CSIRO in 1979 where he is currently a CSIRO fellow. Dr. Moad is (co)author of over 180 publications, co-inventor of 34 patent families and co-author of the book “The Chemistry of Radical Polymerization”. His research interests lie in the fields of polymerization mechanisms, and polymer design and synthesis. In recognition of his work Dr. Moad was awarded a CSIRO medal in 2003, the RACI’s Battaerd-Jordan Polymer Medal in 2012, an ATSE Clunies Ross Award and a Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate in 2014, and a Warwick University IAS Fellowship and a CSIRO Newton-Turner award in 2015. In 2015 he also appeared on Thomson-Reuters highly cited list. Dr. Moad is currently also an adjunct professor at Monash University and the University of New England and an honorary professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He is an associate member of the IUPAC Polymer Division and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian Academy of Science.