The article "The Major Influences of Substituent Size and Position of 3,4-Propylenedioxythiophene on the Formation of Highly Hydrophobic Nanofibers", written by Claudio Mortier, Thierry Darmanin et Frédéric Guittard, is honored in the last ChemPlusChem issue by illustrating the cover.
Abstract of the article :
The influence of the substituent size and position of 4-propylenedioxythiophene (ProDOT) on the surface properties of the corresponding electrodeposited polymer films is shown. The study investigates the influence on the formation of hydrophobic nanofibers using two substituents (isopropyl and tert-butyl). The 3-position of ProDOT is the best for the formation of nanofibers, because it leads to the longest polymer chains while also leading to the highest intrinsic hydrophobicity, two effects that increase the formation of surface structures.
The article is available on the website of the editor.
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