Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers

Kubiak, P. S., Awhida, S., Hotchen, C., Deng, W., Alston, B., McDonald, T. O., Adams, D. J. and Cameron, P. J. (2015) Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers. Chemical Communications, 51(52), pp. 10427-10430. (doi: 10.1039/C5CC03053F) (PMID:26027654)

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Abstract

We present a method for the polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form polymers with unique structures. Carbazole-protected amino acids are shown to form hydrogels by self-assembly into fibrous structures. We show that is possible to directly electropolymerize the hydrogels. This results in the formation of microporous electrochromic polymers with distinctive structure. Polymers formed from the same gelator without the pregelation step show more compact structures. This method opens the possibility of creating polymers templated from pre-assembled gels that have the potential to be used in a wide range of applications.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:P.J.C. acknowledges the University of Bath and the EPSRC (EP/H026304/1) for funding. S.A. thanks the Libyan government for a studentship. D.J.A. thanks the EPSRC for a Fellowship (EP/L021978/1).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dave
Authors: Kubiak, P. S., Awhida, S., Hotchen, C., Deng, W., Alston, B., McDonald, T. O., Adams, D. J., and Cameron, P. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Chemical Communications
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1359-7345
ISSN (Online):1364-548X
Published Online:21 May 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society of Chemistr
First Published:First published in Chemical Communications 51(52): 10421-10430
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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