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A successive-reaction nanoreactor made of active molecularly imprinted polymer containing Ag nanoparticles

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Abstract

A successive-reaction nanoreactor made of a unique molecularly imprinted polymer containing Ag nanoparticles is reported. This molecularly imprinted polymer was fabricated using two well-coupled templates, i.e., 4-nitrophenyl acetate and 4-nitrophenol. The catalytic hydrolysis of the former by this nanoreactor led to the formation of the latter, which was further reduced by the nanoreactor to 4-aminophenol. Unlike reported nanoreactors, which usually promote one single reaction, this novel nanoreactor can run cascade reactions. The proposed integration of active molecularly imprinted polymers with metal nanoparticles opens a new opportunity for creating functional catalysts for complicated chemical processes.

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2013, accepted on 04 Oct 2013 and first published on 07 Oct 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA13454G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 15102-15109

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    A successive-reaction nanoreactor made of active molecularly imprinted polymer containing Ag nanoparticles

    S. Li, Y. Luo, M. J. Whitcombe and S. A. Piletsky, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 15102
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TA13454G

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