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Pyrene-functionalised, alternating copolyimide for sensing nitroaromatic compounds

Burattini, S., Colquhoun, H.M., Greenland, B.W., Hayes, W. and Wade, M. (2009) Pyrene-functionalised, alternating copolyimide for sensing nitroaromatic compounds. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 30 (6). pp. 459-463. ISSN 1022-1336

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A novel, pyrene-functionalised copolymer has been synthesised in a single step via imidisation of poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-octadecene) with 1-pyrenemethylamine, and its potential for the detection of volatile nitro aromatic compounds (NACs) evaluated. The new copolymer forms complexes in solution with NACs such as 2,5-dinitrobenzonitrile, as shown by H-1 NMR, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. Moreover, thin films of this copolymer, cast from THF solution, undergo almost instantaneous fluorescence quenching when exposed to the vapour of 2,5-dinitrobenzonitrile (a model for TNT) at ambient temperatures and pressures.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
ID Code:11069
Uncontrolled Keywords:fluorescence, modelling, sensors, supramolecular structures, synthesis , SEQUENCE INFORMATION, CONJUGATED POLYMERS, CHEMICAL SENSORS, FLUORESCENCE, TNT, EXPLOSIVES, RECOGNITION, MOLECULES, TWEEZER, FILMS

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