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This chapter covers fundamental concepts in polymer synthesis, with the focus on controllable synthesis of stimuli-responsive polymers. The first sections introduce the basic concepts of molecular weight and molecular weight definitions. Various polymer architectures are introduced, with an ultimate goal of being able to synthesize sometimes very challenging synthetic steps. The following polymerizations are discussed: chain and step growth, statistical radical, cationic and anionic, coordination, ring opening, ring-opening metathesis polymerization, and controlled radical polymerization, which is represented by nitroxy-mediated polymerization, atom transfer radical polymerization, and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer.

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