Graft Copolymers with Conducting Polymer Backbones: A Versatile Route to Functional Materials

Lisa T. Strover, Jenny Malmström, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

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Graft copolymers with a conducting polymer backbone are a promising class of materials for diverse applications including, but not limited to, organic electronics, stimuli-responsive surfaces, sensors, and biomedical devices. These materials take advantage of the unique electrochemical and optoelectronic properties of conducting polymers, complemented by chemical and/or physical properties of the grafted sidechains. In this Personal Account, we discuss our work in designing functional surfaces based on graft copolymers with a conducting polymer backbone, in the context of broader developments in the field. We review the synthetic approaches available for the rational design of conducting-polymer-based graft copolymers, and examine the types of functional surfaces and soluble materials that may be engineered using these techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-418
Number of pages26
JournalChemical Record
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • conducting polymers
  • copolymerization
  • molecular electronics
  • polymer brushes
  • semiconductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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