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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 956819, 7 pages
Research Article

Synthesis of Salt Responsive Spherical Polymer Brushes

1School of Printing and Packaging Engineering, Shanghai Publishing and Printing College, Shanghai 200093, China
2School of Printing and Packaging, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
3State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
4College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

Received 5 April 2015; Accepted 12 July 2015

Academic Editor: Mircea Chipara

Copyright © 2015 Na Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A facile preparation of novel salt responsive spherical polymer brushes (SPB) consisting of a carbon spheres core and a shell of sodium polystyrene sulfonate (PSSNa) was described. The SPB were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The radius of carbon spheres and hydrodynamic radius of SPB were ca. 370 nm and 785 nm, respectively. The brushes had of 393600 g/mol with polydispersity / of 1.58. Furthermore, the dependence of PSSNa brushes on ionic strength and pH was investigated.