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Issue 52, 2015
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Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers

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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.

Graphical abstract: Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers

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Submitted
13 Apr 2015
Accepted
21 May 2015
First published
21 May 2015

This article is Open Access

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 10427-10430
Article type
Communication
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Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers

P. S. Kubiak, S. Awhida, C. Hotchen, W. Deng, B. Alston, T. O. McDonald, D. J. Adams and P. J. Cameron, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 10427
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03053F

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