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Thin film format for polymer supports - synthesis and chemical modification

Findlay, P.H. and Leinonen, S.M. and Morrison, M.G.J.T. and Shepherd, E.E.A. and Sherrington, D.C. (2000) Thin film format for polymer supports - synthesis and chemical modification. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 10 (9). pp. 2031-2034. ISSN 0959-9428

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Abstract

An easy and convenient method for the preparation of functionalised porous polymer films (76 × 14 mm) of uniform thickness (60-120 µm) has been developed using microscope slides stacked together as a mould for UV-initiated polymerisation of comonomer mixtures. Both gel-type and macroporous styrene and methacrylate-based species have been prepared by appropriate choice of crosslinker (%) and porogen. The incorporation of functional comonomers: 4-vinylpyridine, vinylbenzyl chloride or glycidyl methacrylate allows ready further chemical modification of the films for potential application in a number of areas.