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Water-Dispersible Carbon Nanotubes for Aqueous Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

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A simple one-pot process was developed for the covalent immobilization of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiators with quaternized triethylamine moieties on the carboxyl-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The initiator-coupled MWCNTs exhibited good dispersion in water and could be used directly to prepare water-dispersion of polymer-MWCNT hybrids, such as stimuli-responsive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)-MWCNT hybrids, via surface-initiated ATRP of N-isopropylacrylamide in an aqueous medium. The present one-pot synthesis of the ATRP initiator-immobilized MWCNTs with good dispersion in water provides an alternative route to the direct preparation of water-soluble polymer-MWCNT hybrids in aqueous media.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.325

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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