Molecular Engineering of Amphiphilic Pyridine Incorporated Conjugated Polymers for Metal Ion Sensors
Author(s)Vetrichelvan, Muthalagu; Valiyaveettil, Suresh
Recent developments in the synthesis and structure-property investigation studies of conjugated polymers have led to the design of novel polymeric materials with tailored properties for advanced technological applications. A promising development in this direction involves the fabrication of conducting polymer based sensors for the detection of metal ions and small organic molecules. Herein, we designed, synthesized and studied a series of amphiphilic copolymers containing alternate phenylene and 2,5- or 2,6- or 3,5-substituted pyridine rings. The basic N-atom of the pyridine ring and the adjacent –OH group from the phenyl ring provide binding sites for metal ions. Thermal properties, and optical properties of polymers in presence of acid, base and metal ions are investigated. A few target polymers showed high sensitivities for metal ions in solution.
Molecular Engineering of Biological and Chemical Systems (MEBCS);
conjugated polymer, donor-acceptor system, poly(para phenylene), metal ion sensor