Advanced Materials

A Hyperbranched, Highly Deliquescent Polymer

Authors

  • L. Tian,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (P.R. China)
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  • X. Shu,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (P.R. China)
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  • J. Zhu

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (P.R. China)
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  • This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20 604 011) and the National Basic Research Program of China (2007CB925 103). J.Z. is a New Century Excellent Talent in University (NCET-06-0451).

Abstract

Atom transfer radical polymerization is used to prepare a highly deliquescent hyperbranched polymer from a monomer containing polymerizable vinyl group and an initiation-ready site for branching and chain growth, as depicted in the figure. The figure also shows the very rapid deliquescence kinetics of this polymer originating from its hyperbranched structure.

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