A new and efficient method of functionalizing high molecular weight polymers through alkylation using a metal amide base is described. This novel procedure can also be used to synthesize polymer-based macro-initiators containing radical initiating groups at the chain-ends for synthesis of block copolymers.
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The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-OE0000223. The Government has certain rights in this invention.