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376. Müllner, M.; Yuan, J.; Weiß, S.; Walther, A.; Müller, M.; Drechsler, M.; Müller, A.H.E.: Water-Soluble Organo-Silica Hybrid Nanotubes Templated by Cylindrical Polymer Brushes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132(46), 16587 (2010) -- DOI: 10.1021/ja107132j

We report the preparation of water-soluble organo-silica hybrid nanotubes templated by core-shell-corona structured triblock terpolymer cylindrical polymer brushes (CPBs). The CPBs consist of a polymethacrylate backbone, a poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (PtBA) core, a poly(3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl acrylate) (PAPTS) shell, and a poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (POEGMA) corona. They were prepared via the “grafting from” strategy by the combination of two living/controlled polymerization techniques: anionic polymerization for the backbone and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for the triblock terpolymer side chains. The monomers tBA, APTS and OEGMA were consecutively grown from the pendant ATRP initiating groups along the backbone to spatially organize the silica precursor, the trimethoxysilyl groups, into a tubular manner. The synthesized core-shell-corona structured CPBs then served as a unimolecular cylindrical template for the in situ fabrication of water-soluble organo-silica hybrid nanotubes via base-catalyzed condensation of the PAPTS shell block. The formed tubular nanostructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cryogenic TEM, and atomic force microscopy.

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