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Biochemical synthesis of electroactive polymers
Author(s): Shridhara Alva; Jayant Kumar; Kenneth A. Marx; Sukant K. Tripathy
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Paper Abstract

Horseradish peroxidase catalyzed oxidative free radical coupling of phenols and anilines has been utilized in the synthesis of soluble polymers with interesting electronic and optical properties. The main chain azopolymers synthesized by this method are soluble in polar solvents and undergo cis-trans isomerization upon exposure to light. The photoinduced conformational changes in the polymers are influenced by the molecular weight of the polymer. Water soluble polyanilines have been synthesized by polymerizing monomers containing polar functional groups. These polymers are reversible redox systems and show interesting optical properties, which are dependent on the solution pH. A polymeric ligand has been synthesized following this reaction, which may be used in the fabrication of metal ion sensors. We further describe the potential of these polymers in sensing and other related applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3321, 1996 Symposium on Smart Materials, Structures, and MEMS, (16 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.305594
Show Author Affiliations
Shridhara Alva, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Jayant Kumar, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Kenneth A. Marx, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)
Sukant K. Tripathy, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3321:
1996 Symposium on Smart Materials, Structures, and MEMS
Vasu K. Aatre; Vijay K. Varadan; Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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