David E. Bergbreiter

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Aqueous processes ranging from protein folding and enzyme turnover to colloidal ordering and macromolecular precipitation are sensitive to the nature and concentration of the ions present in solution. Herein, the effect of a series of sodium salts on the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAM, was investigated with(More)
Recent developments in the preparation of polymer supports for synthesis and catalysis are reviewed. The use of insoluble supports for synthesis of one molecule per bead and chemistry leading to new ways to use insoluble supports are discussed. New routes to design soluble, high capacity supports for synthesis are highlighted and the roles of polymers in(More)
The use of polymers other than divinylbenzene crosslinked polystyrene as supports in organic chemistry is discussed. Insoluble polymer alternatives to DVB crosslinked polystyrene discussed include porous polyethylene supports, polymer-supported functional colloids, micron and submicron-sized particles and hollow spheres and one-dimensional supports. Soluble(More)
The effect of a series of sodium salts on the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), PNIPAM, was investigated as a function of molecular weight and polymer concentration with a temperature gradient microfluidic device under a dark-field microscope. In solutions containing sufficient concentrations of kosmotropic anions,(More)
Surfaces with solute responsive wettability can be prepared by covalent layer-by-layer assembly of PNIPAM-c-PNASI with 10 and 100 nm diameter aminated silica nanoparticles. These surfaces are found to exhibit reversible changes in surface wetting in response to solute anion identity and concentration, allowing surfaces to be switched from hydrophilic(More)
Terminally vinyl-functionalized polyisobutylene (PIB) oligomers can be easily transformed into end-functionalized PIB-bound Ru metathesis catalysts. The nonpolar catalysts so prepared can be used as solutions in heptane and recycled by a gravity-based extraction after addition of a heptane-immiscible polar solvent. This paper describes the synthesis and the(More)
The synthesis of polyisobutylene (PIB)-supported N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) that are useful as ligands for recoverable/recyclable organometallic complexes is described. Both PIB-bound carbenes analogous to SIMes and IMes as well as carbene precursors bound to PIB via 1,2,3-triazoles by alkyne-azide couplings are described. Both Ag(I) and Ru(II)(More)