Carbohydrate-modified conducting polymers synthesis and electrochemistry of sugar-linked azulenes polyazulenes


  • Part of this work was presented at: Progress and Prospects in the Use of Carbohydrates as Organic Raw Materials–Workshop Conference, Darmstadt, April 11-12,1990 and Int. Conf. Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals, Tübingen 2-7. September, 1990. Polyazulenes, 4th communication, preceding ones, see ref. [1]. We are grateful to Bundesminister für Forschung und Technologie and Fonds der Chemischen Industrie for financial support of this research. Contributing discussions and assistance in the use of the electrochemical equipment by Dr. J. Salbeck is gratefully acknowledged.


Communication: Chiral-polymer electrodes and electochemical sensor devices are two pro potential applications for carbohydrate-modified conducting polymers with a polyazulene backbone (see figure where R is a sugar). Carbohydrate modification, whitel providing the conducting polymer with molecular-targeting capability also lends water-solubility to the intrinsicly hydrophobic azulene group and should therefore enable chemistry and electropolymerization in aqueous solution.

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