Metathesis depolymerization for removable surfactant templates

Timothy M. Long, Blake A. Simmons, James R. McElhanon, Steven R. Kline, David R. Wheeler, Douglas A. Loy, Kamyar Rahimian, Thomas Zifer, Gregory M. Jamison

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Current methodologies for the production of meso- and nanoporous materials include the use of a surfactant to produce a self-assembled template around which the material is formed. However, post-production surfactant removal often requires centrifugation, calcination, and/or solvent washing which can damage the initially formed material architecture(s). Surfactants that can be disassembled into easily removable fragments following material preparation would minimize processing damage to the material structure, facilitating formation of templated hybrid architectures. Herein, we describe the design and synthesis of novel cationic and anionic surfactants with regularly spaced unsaturation in their hydrophobic hydrocarbon tails and the first application of ring closing metathesis depolymerization to surfactant degradation resulting in the mild, facile decomposition of these new compounds to produce relatively volatile nonsurface active remnants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9365-9373
Number of pages9
Issue number20
StatePublished - Sep 27 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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