Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 55, Issue 14, pp 1376–1381 | Cite as

Cylindrical PCL brushes on the surface of lanthanum hydroxide nanowires by ring-opening polymerization

  • Mi Zhou
  • JinYing Yuan
  • WeiZhong Yuan
  • XiaoYin Hong
  • YingWu Yin
Articles Polymer Chemistry


A core-shell hybrid nanostructure, a hard core of single-crystalline lanthanum hydroxide nanowires and a soft shell of brushes of poly (ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL), has been successfully prepared by ring-opening polymerization (ROP) on the surface of nanowires. Such special structures were proved by TEM images. Meanwhile, the thickness of polymer layers was measured. The chemical component and the grafted PCL quantity of the sample were characterized by FTIR and TGA, which provides a simple and universal method to functionalize non-carbon nanowires. The modified lanthanum hydroxide nanowires can be well-dispersed in good solvents for PCL.


hybrid nanomaterials polymer brushes ring-opening polymerization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mi Zhou
    • 1
  • JinYing Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
  • WeiZhong Yuan
    • 1
  • XiaoYin Hong
    • 1
  • YingWu Yin
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics & Molecular Engineering of Ministry of Education, Department of ChemistryTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and ApplicationsBeijingChina

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