Cross-Linked Polymeric Micelles as Catalytic Nanoreactors

Peiyuan Qu, Michael Kuepfert, Eman Ahmed, Fangbei Liu, Marcus Weck

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Cross-linked micelles have emerged as promising catalyst supports over the past two decades due to their improved structural stability, chemical diversity in multiple domains, and catalyst recovery compared to their uncross-linked analogues. We highlight the different physicochemical properties that arise by cross-linking the shell or core-domain and the subsequent impact on catalysis. Both, shell cross-linked micelles (SCMs) and core cross-linked micelles (CCMs) were initially designed to include one catalytic entity. Later on, SCMs were used to compartmentalize catalysts for non-orthogonal tandem catalysis while CCMs were investigated as phase transfer agents in biphasic catalysis. Current challenges in this field and new design trends for advanced micellar nanoreactors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1420-1427
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 22 2021


  • Incompatible tandem catalysis
  • Multiphase catalysis
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymeric micelles
  • Supported catalysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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