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Understanding dendritic polymerhydrocarbon interactions for oil dispersion

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This study examines the interactions of poly(amidoamine) dendrimers and hyperbranched poly(ethyleneimine) polymers with model linear and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Large-scale complexations were formed for both types of dendritic polymers hosting the linear but not the polyaromatic hydrocarbon. Furthermore, both types of dendritic polymers exhibited a strong and comparable hosting/dispersion capacity for the polyaromatic hydrocarbon, while the hyperbranched polymers at concentrations below 30 μM showed a consistently higher hosting capacity than the dendrimers for the linear hydrocarbon. Such complexity in hosting capacity of the two types of dendritic polymers is attributed to the more hydrophobic interior and less steric hindrance of the hyperbranched polymers for the partitioning of the hydrocarbons.

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The article was received on 29 Jul 2012, accepted on 21 Aug 2012 and first published on 22 Aug 2012

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21602G
Citation: RSC Adv., 2012,2, 9371-9375
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    Understanding dendritic polymerhydrocarbon interactions for oil dispersion

    N. K. Geitner, P. Bhattacharya, M. Steele, R. Chen, D. A. Ladner and P. C. Ke, RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 9371
    DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21602G

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