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Efficient One-Pot Synthesis of Water-Compatible Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres by Facile RAFT Precipitation Polymerization

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  • Guoqing Pan,

    1. Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials (Nankai University), Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (P.R. China)
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  • Ying Zhang,

    1. Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials (Nankai University), Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (P.R. China)
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  • Yue Ma,

    1. Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials (Nankai University), Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (P.R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Chenxi Li,

    1. Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials (Nankai University), Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (P.R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Huiqi Zhang

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    1. Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials (Nankai University), Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (P.R. China)
    • Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials (Nankai University), Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (P.R. China)
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  • We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20744003, 20774044, 21174067), the Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin (06YFJMJC15100, 11JCYBJC01500), the supporting program for New Century Excellent Talents (Ministry of Education) (NCET-07-0462), and the project sponsored by SRF for ROCS, SEM. RAFT=reversible addition/fragmentation chain transfer.

Abstract

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Narrowly dispersed water-compatible molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) microspheres with surface-grafted hydrophilic polymer brushes were synthesized by RAFT precipitation polymerization (RAFTPP) mediated by hydrophilic macromolecular chain-transfer agents (Macro-CTA). The easy availability of hydrophilic Macro-CTAs and the versatility of the RAFTPP technique make it a general and promising strategy. CDB=cumyl dithiobenzoate.

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