Easy access to a family of polymer catalysts from modular star polymers

Valentin Rodionov, Haifeng Gao, Steven Scroggins, David A Unruh, Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro, Jean M J Fréchet

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We report a versatile and scalable synthesis of a water-dispersible modular star polymer platform with an enzyme-inspired hydrophobic interior. The cores of the stars can be functionalized at will, independently from the modification of the polymer structure. We explored the use of this material for the creation of a local hydrophobic solvent environment in water and for site isolation of incompatible catalytic entities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2570-2
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2010


  • Catalysis
  • Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
  • Nanoparticles/chemistry
  • Polyethylene Glycols/chemical synthesis
  • Polystyrenes/chemical synthesis
  • Water/chemistry

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