Synthesis of microspheres as versatile functional scaffolds for materials science applications

Barner, Leonie (2009) Synthesis of microspheres as versatile functional scaffolds for materials science applications. Advanced Materials, 21(24), pp. 2547-2553.

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Functional polymeric microspheres are of great interest as they have high potential as functional scaffolds in material science applications. Highly cross-linked poly(divinyl benzene) (pDVB) microspheres can be synthesized via the precipitation polymerization technique. Recently, various methods of controlled polymerization techniques (e.g., atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), and anionic ring-opening polymerization (AROP)) and highly orthogonal conjugation methods (e.g., copper-catalyzed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides and terminal alkynes (CuAAc), thiol-ene addition and RAFT hetero Diels-Alder cycloaddition (RAFT-HDA)) have been applied to functionalize microspheres via the “grafting from” and “grafting to” approaches. The synthesis of pDVB microspheres, their susbsequent modification via grafting of polymer strands to the surface, and the characterization of the obtained functional particles are reviewed.

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ID Code: 97488
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1002/adma.200900373
ISSN: 0935-9648
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2016 03:26
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 01:11

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