Polymer imprinting with iron-oxo-hydroxo clusters: [Fe6O2(OH)2(O2CC(Cl)=CH2)12(H2O)2], [Fe6O2(OH)2(O2C-Ph-(CH)=CH2)12(H2O)2] and [{Fe(O2CC(Cl)=CH2)(OMe)2}10]

Paul Howard Walton, Adrian C. Whitwood, Aine T. Ryan, Spencer Harben, Frederick Mosselmans

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We report the syntheses of imprinted polymers using iron-oxo-hydroxo clusters as templates. Three new iron clusters, [Fe6O2(OH)2(O2CC(Cl)=CH2)12(H2O)2] (1), [{Fe(O2CC(Cl)=CH2)(OMe)2}10] (2) and [Fe6O2(OH)2(O2C–Ph–(CH)=CH2)12(H2O)2] (3) have been prepared from commercially-available carboxylic acids. Cluster-imprinted-polymers (CIPs) of 1, 2 and 3 were prepared with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate monomer, and of 1 with methyl methacrylate monomer. The imprinted sites within the CIPs were examined using EXAFS and Diffuse Reflectance UV/vis spectroscopy, demonstrating that the clusters 1, 2 and 3 were incorporated intact within the polymers. Extraction of the clusters from the CIPs imprinted with 1 and 3 gave new polymers that showed evidence of an imprinting effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-218
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2012

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