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Design, synthesis and RAFT polymerisation of a quinoline-based monomer for use in metal-binding composite microfibers

Isakova, Anna; Efremova, Olga; Pullan, Nikki; Lüer, Larry; Topham, Paul D.


Anna Isakova

Olga Efremova

Nikki Pullan

Larry Lüer

Paul D. Topham


Metal-binding polymer fibres have attracted major attention for diverse applications in membranes for metal sequestration from waste waters, non-woven wound dressings, matrices for photocatalysis, and many more. This paper reports the design and synthesis of an 8-hydroxyquinoline-based zinc-binding styrenic monomer, QuiBoc. Its subsequent polymerisation by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) yielded well-defined polymers, PQuiBoc, of controllable molar masses (6 and 12 kg mol -1 ) with low dispersities (M w /M n < 1.3). Protected (PQuiBoc) and deprotected (PQuiOH) derivatives of the polymer exhibited a high zinc-binding capacity, as determined by semi-quantitative SEM/EDXA analyses, allowing the electrospinning of microfibres from a PQuiBoc/polystyrene (PS) blend without the need for removal of the protecting group. Simple "dip-coating" of the fibrous mats into ZnO suspensions showed that PQuiBoc/PS microfibres with only 20% PQuiBoc content had almost three-fold higher loadings of ZnO (29%) in comparison to neat PS microfibres (11%).


Isakova, A., Efremova, O., Pullan, N., Lüer, L., & Topham, P. D. (2016). Design, synthesis and RAFT polymerisation of a quinoline-based monomer for use in metal-binding composite microfibers. RSC advances, 6(8), 6598-6606.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal RSC advances
Print ISSN 2046-2069
Electronic ISSN 2046-2069
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 8
Pages 6598-6606
Keywords Polymerisation, Metal-binding polymer fibres
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Additional Information : This document is Similarity Check deposited; : Supplementary Information; : The Royal Society of Chemistry has an exclusive publication licence for this journal; : Single-blind; : Received 1 December 2015; Accepted 5 January 2016; Accepted Manuscript published 11 January 2016; Version of Record published 15 January 2016


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