Enzyme Catalyzed 2-D Polymerization of Phenol and Aniline Derivatives on a Langmuir-Blodgett Through
Rept. for 1 Jul-31 Dec 1992
MASSACHUSETTS UNIV LOWELL DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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Previous studies have shown that polymeric materials may be synthesized from substituted phenols and aromatic amine compounds through a Horseradish Peroxidase HRP enzyme catalyzed reaction in the bulk. We have developed a novel approach for this enzyme mediated polymer synthesis which involves in-situ polymerization using a Langmuir-Blodgett LB technique. Here, the LB technique is used to organize and manipulate the reactants during polymerization at the molecular level. This methodology provides direct control over the resulting structure, order and orientation of the final polymeric material. This enhanced control leads to improved processability, tensile strength, and functional properties for the polymers. This new synthetic approach and the resultant ordered polymer product can form the basis for intelligent material design. Langmuir-Blodgett, Horseradish peroxidase, Aromatic amine, Enzyme, Phenol.
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
- Laminates and Composite Materials