Jacqueline O'Connor, Yvonne Lang, Joshua Chao, Hongliang Cao, Liam Collins, Brian J. Rodriguez, Peter Dockery, David P. Finn, Wenxin Wang and Abhay Pandit Nano-Structured Polymer-Silica Composite Derived from a Marine Diatom via Deactivation Enhanced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Grafting Small 10
A diatom frustule is functionalized with an alkyl halide to allow the growth of a polymer from its surface via deactivation enhanced atom transfer radical polymerization. The diatom core is partially dissolved to form a more translational platform. This method can be used to create an array of nano-structured composites derived from the species-specific diatom architecture.
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