We are interested in using vinyl polymerisation techniques for the synthesis of conducting polymers. In particular we are interested in applying RAFT polymerisation techniques given the versatility in monomers which can be polymerised and also the potential for chain end functionalisation of the resultant polymers. We have been exploring the synthesis of hole and electron conducting vinyl polymers and block copolymers which have selective end group functionality. We are exploring the introduction of reactive functionality at the chain end which can react both in a non-covalent and covalent manner with semi-conductor and inorganic substrates.
Poly(methyl methacrylate-block-vinyl-m-triphenylamine): synthesis by RAFT polymerization and melt-state self-assembly, S. Mastroianni, J.P. Patterson, R.K.O'Reilly, T.H. Epps III, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 10146 - 10154, DOI:10.1039/C3SM51806J
Exploring RAFT Polymerization for the Synthesis of Bipolar Diblock Copolymers and their Supramolecular Self-Assembly, P. E. Williams, A. O. Moughton, S. Khodabakhsh, J. P. Patterson, R. K. O'Reilly, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 720-729.