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A Self-Switchable Polymer Reactor for Controlled Catalytic Chemistry Processes with a Hyperbranched Structure

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School of Leather Chemistry and Engineering, Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences), Jinan 250353, China
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Shandong Key Laboratory for Testing Technology of Material Chemical Safety, Jinan 250102, China
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School of Materials Science & Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
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Materials 2018, 11(2), 245; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11020245
Received: 30 December 2017 / Revised: 31 January 2018 / Accepted: 2 February 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Smart Materials)
A self-switchable polymer reactor with a hyperbranched structure for controlled catalytic chemistry processes is reported. This polymer reactor was made of silver nanoparticles and a polymer carrier consisting of hyperbranched polyethylenimine and hydroxyethyl acrylate that behaved as thermally switchable domains. Below the transfer temperature, relatively strong catalytic reactivity was demonstrated due to the leading role of hydrophilic groups in the switchable domains, which opened access to the substrate for the packaged silver nanoparticles. In contrast, it showed weak catalysis at relatively high temperatures, reducing from the significantly increased hydrophobicity in the switchable domains. In this way, the polymer reactor displays controllable, tunable, catalytic activity based on this approach. This novel design opens up the opportunity to develop intelligent polymer reactors for controlled catalytic processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer reactor; hyperbranched; metal nanoparticles; switchable catalysis polymer reactor; hyperbranched; metal nanoparticles; switchable catalysis
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Luo, R.; Yang, H.; Deng, X.; Jin, L.; Wang, Y.; Li, S. A Self-Switchable Polymer Reactor for Controlled Catalytic Chemistry Processes with a Hyperbranched Structure. Materials 2018, 11, 245.

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