Design, synthesis and RAFT polymerisation of a quinoline-based monomer for use in metal-binding composite microfibres


Metal-binding polymer fibres have attracted major attention for diverse applications in membranes for metal sequestration from waste waters, non-woven wound dressings, matrices for photocatalysis, and many more. This paper reports the design and synthesis of an 8-hydroxyquinoline-based zinc-binding styrenic monomer, QuiBoc. Its subsequent polymerisation by reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) yielded well-defined polymers, PQuiBoc, of controllable molar masses (6 and 12 kg mol−1) with low dispersities (Đ, Mw/Mn < 1.3). Protected (PQuiBoc) and deprotected (PQuiOH) derivatives of the polymer exhibited a high zinc-binding capacity, as determined by semi-quantitative SEM/EDXA analyses, allowing the electrospinning of microfibres from a PQuiBoc/polystyrene (PS) blend without the need for removal of the protecting group. Simple “dip-coating” of the fibrous mats into ZnO suspensions showed that PQuiBoc/PS microfibres with only 20% PQuiBoc content had almost three-fold higher loadings of ZnO (29%) in comparison to neat PS microfibres (11%).

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Additional Information: Funding: FP7/2011 (grant ESTABLIS no. 290022) Electronic supplementary information: 10.1039/c5ra25551a
Uncontrolled Keywords: General Chemical Engineering,General Chemistry
Publication ISSN: 2046-2069
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 07:05
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 11:25
Full Text Link: http://pubs.rsc ... 6/RA/C5RA25551A
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-01-11
Accepted Date: 2016-01-05
Submitted Date: 2015-12-01
Authors: Isakova, Anna
Efremova, Olga
Pullan, Nicola
Lüer, Larry
Topham, Paul D. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4152-6976)



Version: Accepted Version

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