Synthesis of polymer-silica hybrid microparticles with defined geometry using surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization
del Monte, F.
Finn, David P.
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Lang, Y,del Monte, F,Finn, DP,Wang, W,Pandit, A (2015) 'Synthesis of polymer-silica hybrid microparticles with defined geometry using surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization'. Polymer Chemistry, 6 :3014-3017.
Nanostructured polymer/silica hybrid materials have gained attention as they combine the advantageous properties of organic and inorganic materials in one entity. Herein, we report incorporation of chloromethyl moieties into a living diatom to prepare an alkyl-halide activated siliceous biotemplate. Subsequent, in situ polymerization via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization generated a polymer/silica microparticle with defined geometry.