Versatile multi-functional block copolymers made by atom transfer radical polymerization and post-synthetic modification: Switching from volatile organic compound sensors to polymeric surfactants for water rheology control via hydrolysis

Di Sacco, F., Pucci, A. & Raffa, P., 19-Mar-2019, In : Nanomaterials. 9, 3, 458.

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Novel, multipurpose terpolymers based on styrene (PS), tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA) and glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), have been synthesized via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). Post-synthetic modification with 1-pyrenemethylamine (AMP) allows non-covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes, eventually yielding a conductive nanocomposite materials capable of interacting with different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by electrical resistance variation upon exposure. Moreover, facile hydrolysis of the tBMA group yields polyelectrolytic macrosurfactants with remarkable thickening properties for promising applications in water solution, such as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

Original languageEnglish
Article number458
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19-Mar-2019


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization, Carbon nanotubes nanocomposites, Multifunctional polymers, Polymeric surfactants, Solution rheology, VOC sensors

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