Semiconductor Quantum Dots Are Efficient and Recyclable Photocatalysts for Aqueous PET-RAFT Polymerization

Kevin P. McClelland, Tristan D. Clemons, Samuel I. Stupp, Emily A. Weiss

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This Letter describes the use of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) as photocatalysts for photoinduced electron transfer reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerization of a series of aqueous acrylamides and acrylates. The high colloidal solubility and photostability of these QDs allowed polymerization to occur with high efficiency (>90% conversion in 2.5 h), low dispersity (PDI <1.1), and ultralow catalyst loading (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages13
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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