Assoc Prof Gregory T Russell


Associate Professor

Field of Study

Free-radical polymerization:
kinetics and synthesis


BSc (Hons), PhD (Syd), FRACI



Contact Details

DDI: +64 3 364 2458 (Internal 6458)
Fax: +64 3 364 2110

Research Interests and Recent Representative Papers

Fundamental aspects of the kinetics of free-radical polymerization.

“The Cutthroat Competition Between Termination and Transfer to Shape the Kinetics of Radical Polymerization”, G.B. Smith and G.T. Russell, Macromol. Symp. , 248 , 1-11 (2007).

New Paradigms in Free-Radical Polymerization Kinetics”, G.B. Smith, J.P.A. Heuts and G.T. Russell, Macromol. Symp. , 226 , 133-146 (2005).

Modeling of the kinetics of free-radical polymerization.

“The effects of chain length dependent propagation and termination on the kinetics of free-radical polymerization at low chain lengths”, G.B. Smith, G.T. Russell, M. Yin and J.P.A. Heuts, Eur. Polym. J. , 41 , 225-230 (2005).

Termination kinetics.

“SP–PLP–EPR Study of Chain-Length-Dependent Termination in Free-Radical Polymerization of n -Dodecyl Methacrylate, Cyclohexyl Methacrylate and Benzyl Methacrylate: Evidence of ‘Composite' Behavior”, M. Buback, E. Müller and G.T. Russell, J. Phys. Chem. A , 110 , 3222-3230 (2006).

“Theoretical Validation of Single-Pulse Pulsed-Laser Polymerization as a Method for Investigating Chain-Length-Dependent Termination”, G.B. Smith and G.T. Russell, Z. Phys. Chem. (Munich) , 219 , 295-323 (2005).

Propagation kinetics.

“The nature of the chain-length dependence of the propagation rate coefficient and its effect on the kinetics of free-radical polymerization. 1. Small-molecule studies”, J.P.A. Heuts and G.T. Russell, Eur. Polym. J. , 42 , 3-20 (2006).

Use of living free-radical polymerization to synthesize polymers for use in polymer therapeutics.

“Living Free-Radical Polymerization”, U. Adash and G.T. Russell, Chemistry in New Zealand , 69 , 8-13 (2005)

Synthesis and morphology of emulsion polymers.

“Evaluation of latex adhesives containing hydrophobic cores and poly(vinyl acetate) shells: potential to improve poly(vinyl acetate) performance”, W.J. Grigsby, C.J. Ferguson, R.A. Franich and G.T. Russell, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives , 25 , 127-137 (2005).

Experimental investigations into the kinetics of emulsion polymerization.

“Molecular Weight Distributions and Chain-Stopping Events in the Free-Radical Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate”, K.Y. van Berkel, G.T. Russell and R.G. Gilbert, Macromolecules , 38 , 3214-3224 (2005).

Critically evaluated rate parameters in free-radical polymerization.

“Critically evaluated termination rate coefficients for free-radical polymerization: Experimental methods”, C. Barner-Kowollik, M. Buback, M. Egorov, T. Fukuda, A. Goto, O.F. Olaj, G.T. Russell, P. Vana, B. Yamada and P.B. Zetterlund, Prog. Polym. Sci. , 30 , 605-643 (2005).

Past Research Students

Mark Rees (PhD, 1999): Thesis title: "Investigations into the Simulation of Free-Radical Polymerization." Email:

Chris Ferguson (PhD, 2000): Thesis title: "Core-Shell Polymers from Styrene and Vinyl Acetate for Use as Wood Adhesives." Email:

Jung-Hye Choi (MSc, 2001): Thesis title: "Particle Formation in Surfactant-Free Emulsion Polymerisation." Email:

Kim van Berkel (PhD, 2004): Thesis title: "Entry and the Kinetics of
Emulsion Polymerisation" Email:

Uma Adash (PhD, 2006): Thesis title: "Synthetic and Kinetic Investigations into Living Free-Radical Polymerisation Used in the Preparation of Polymer Therapeutics" Email:

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