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A Membrane-Bound Synthetic Receptor that Promotes Growth of a Polymeric Coating at the Bilayer–Water Interface


  • Acknowledgement is made by R.J.H. to the donors of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund and the NSF (CHE-1151773) for partial support of this research. Q.C. acknowledges financial support from the NSF (CHE-1059050).


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Primed for action: Atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) can be promoted at a bilayer–water interface by anchoring initiator molecules (see scheme; red) in a membrane-bound synthetic receptor (yellow). The bilayer is formed on a calcinated nanofilm (gray) on a gold surface.