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Sanjib Banerjee, Tapas K. Paira, Atanu Kotal and Tarun K. Mandal Surface-Confined Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization from Sacrificial Mesoporous Silica Nanospheres for Preparing Mesoporous Polymer/Carbon Nanospheres with Faithful Shape Replication: Functional Mesoporous Materials Advanced Functional Materials 22

Version of Record online: 3 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201200261

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The synthesis of mesoporous polymer and carbon nanospheres with complete shape retention is demonstrated. The technique allows fabrication of functional mesoporous nanospheres using functional comonomers such as 4-vinylbenzyl chloride, 1-vinylimidazole, and 4-vinylphenylboronic acid with methyl metharylate. These functionalized mesoporous materials find potential applications in the removal of ionic contaminants, sensing of glucose, and as “clickable” mesoporous materials.

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