Reverse addition-fragmentation atom transfer (RAFT) living polymerization, a popular means of preparing coplymers of methacrylate and methyl methacrylate with narrowly defined size distributions and architectures, can readily be performed in sub-mililiter quantities in the absence of stirring, yielding biocompatible materials with excellent yields and low PDI values, and a linear molecular weight response curve extending to above 180,000 g·mol–1. When multiple studies were done involving the variation on the RAFT/monomer ratio under a variety of concentrations, the corresponding molecular weights of the materials exhibited a linear response. Furthermore, in comparing the resulting material to polymers prepared using more classical free-radical polymerization techniques, the miniaturized RAFT-mediated batches showed similar biocompatibility. These facile reaction conditions offer the prospect of preparing well defined polymeric systems in parallel with minimal equipment investment, without compromising the quality of the final product. The resulting polymers were then inkjet printed onto an agarose-coated glass slide, and then tested for bioactivity.


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