The multidisciplinary, multiscale studies will help bridge molecular-to-macroscopic interplay in responsive materials. Please see the press release by Tatum Lyles, here: https://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/uw-madison-chemists-chosen-part-multidisciplinary-university-research-initiative
The award is made to BCI, Inc. and our team will support the work through a subcontract to develop new catalysts and formulations for bulk curing.
We are grateful to the NSF for their generous support and to the amazing staff at UW who helped put this in place. Notably, the grant-writing process was led by Rachel Tritt, Dr. Xuejin Yang, …
This undergraduate academic award was established in 2002 by Eugene Herscher, husband to Patricia Herscher (B.S. in Chemistry from UW-Madison in 1955). Link: https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/celebrating-student-success/#awardwinners
This contribution describes the synthesis, study, and potential applications of anionic poly(cyclopentadienylene vinylene). Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.202004098
The use of π‐conjugated polymers (CPs) in conductive hydrogels remains challenging due to the water‐insoluble nature of most CPs. Conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) are promising alternatives because they have tunable electronic properties and high water‐solubility, but they are often difficult to synthesize and thus have not been widely adopted. Herein, we report the synthesis of an anionic poly(cyclopentadienylene vinylene) (aPCPV) from an insulating precursor under mild conditions and in high yield. Functionalized aPCPV is a highly water‐soluble CPE that exhibits low cytotoxicity, and we found that doping hydrogels with aPCPV imparts conductivity. We also anticipate that this precursor synthetic strategy, due to its ease and high efficiency, will be widely used to create families of not‐yet‐explored π‐conjugated vinylene polymers.