Author(s): Prof. (Em.) Aharon Gedanken
I will present results obtained in my group about the synthesisof polymers using both carbon dots (CDs) and UV light as initiators. Other cases in which, the carbon dots
were used without UV light will also be reported. The CDs produce free radicals in the presence of UV light, indicating their role as initiators. The surface of CDs has
many unshared or unpaired electrons, making it negatively charged. My presentation will focus on the use of CDs for the formation of polymers from monomers containing
various functional group. The properties of the synthesized CDs and the polymers obtained from the various monomers were characterized by various analytical
techniques, including Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), ThermogravimetricAnalysis (TGA) and Solid-State NMR spectroscopy.
This polymerizationtechnique is of interest both from the scientific aspect and for its applicative potential. The synthesized polymers were investigated for their various applications such as antibacterial, adsorption of organic dyes and hazardous materials.
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