Synthesis and catalytic activity of unimolecular dendritic reverse micelles

Marcelo E. Piotti*, Craig Hawker, Jean J.M. Frechet, Felix Rivera, Julian Dao, Risha Bond

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Unimolecular reverse micelles were synthesized by the convergent growth approach. The static structure consists of a non-polar external layer surrounding a polar core containing numerous polar functional groups, which may participate in a variety of catalytic organic reactions. The catalytic activity of dendrimers having internal hydroxy and ester functional groups for bimolecular nucleophilic substitutions and elimination reactions of alkyl halides was demonstrated, showing high turnover numbers. The dendrimers can be recycled with no loss of activity. The reaction rate and selectivity are affected by the size of the dendrimer, as well as by the functional groups present in the core of the catalyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-411
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 ACS Anaheim Meeting - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 21 1999Mar 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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