Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers

Petra Cameron, Salmah Awhida, Christopher Hotchen, Wentao Deng, Ben Alston, Tom O. McDonald, Dave J. Adams, Peter Kubiak

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10427-10430
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Volume51
Early online date21 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015

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