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Issue 23, 2019
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β-Strand inspired bifacial π-conjugated polymers

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Abstract

Access to diverse, relatively high molecular weight soluble linear polymers without pendant solubilizing chains is the key to solution state synthesis of structurally diverse nanoribbons of conjugated materials. However, realizing soluble 1D-π-conjugated polymers without pendant solubilizing chains is a daunting task. Herein, inspired from the polypeptide β-strand architecture, we have designed and developed novel bifacial π-conjugated polymers (Mn: ca. 24 kDa) that are soluble (ca. 70 to >250 mM) despite the absence of pendant solubilizing chains. The impact of varying the bifacial monomer height on polymer solubility, optical properties, and interactions with small molecules is reported.

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Submitted
08 Apr 2019
Accepted
09 May 2019
First published
09 May 2019

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 5976-5982
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Edge Article

β-Strand inspired bifacial π-conjugated polymers

S. Chaudhuri, M. Mohanan, A. V. Willems, J. A. Bertke and N. Gavvalapalli, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 5976
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC01724K

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