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The formation of an addition oligomer, having uniform end groups X' ... X'' , by a chain reaction in which a chain transfer limits the length of the polymer ('telomer') produced. An example is the polymerization of styrene in bromotrichloromethane solution (X' = CCl3, X'' = Br), where Cl3C. radicals are formed in the initiation step to produce Cl3C[CH2CHPh]nBr, with n greater than 1 and often less than ca. 10:
See also: oligomerization
PAC, 1994, 66, 1077 (Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 1173
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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