Lightly cross-linked hydrophilic polymer beads representing new types of supports for solid-phase synthesis have been prepared from commercial oligoethylene glycol monomethacrylates using an aqueous suspension polymerization process and specifically designed polymerization mixtures. These beads swell extensively in solvents with a wide range of polarities from dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran, and water to dimethylformamide, and they enable high functional loadings of 1.2-1.8 mmol g-1. Their ability to serve as supports was demonstrated in the model solid-phase synthesis of a small library of hydantoins. This four-step synthesis using primary amines readily affords yields of over 70%.
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