Terpyridine-Functionalized TentaGel Microbeads: Synthesis, Metal Chelation and First Sequential Complexation

Ulrich S. Schubert, Alexander Alexeev, Philip R. Andres

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The functionalization of polystyrene/poly-(ethylene glycol) TentaGel® microbeads (d = 20 μm) with 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine units is described resulting in a material with easily accessible ligands which possess an excellent affinity for transition metal ions. The subsequent loading with different metal ions via metal-to-ligand complexation yielded the corresponding CoII, NiII, FeII, and Cu II modified beads. The isolated materials were investigated in detail utilizing UV/vis spectroscopy, optical microscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Moreover, grafting of free terpyridine moieties via ruthenium(II)/ruthenium(III)-chemistry onto the beads is demonstrated. This opens-up new pathways for the selective modification of such microbeads and the preparation of functional materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)852-860
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 24 2003


  • Chelating resin
  • Microbeads
  • Supramolecular structures
  • Terpyridine
  • Transition metal chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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