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Ferrocenylmethyl Methacrylate for Functional Polymers

By: Joe Porwoll, Material Matters 2009, 4.2, 31.

Material Matters 2009, 4.2, 31.

Joe Porwoll, President Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc.

Prof. Padma Gopalan of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, kindly suggested that we offer ferrocenylmethyl methacrylate (Aldrich Prod. No. 700479). The incorporation of metal containing moieties in block copolymer architecture lays the foundation for the inclusion of new functionalities to nanostructured materials. Examples include the incorporation of redox-active, photophysical, conductive, catalytic, or pre-ceramic functionalities. Polymers containing Ferrocene (Aldrich Prod. No. F408) have been widely used, largely due to their redox-induced morphological changes, their ability to serve as precursors for magnetic or catalytic materials and their use as plasma etch-resistant nano-templates. Ferrocenylmethyl methacrylate can be polymerized by a number of controlled radical polymerization techniques, which provide simple synthetic routes to a variety of functional polymers.

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