Alexandre Blumstein - Chelmsford MA
Sundar Subramanyam - Stoneham MA
University of Lowell - Lowell MA
A family of ionic polyacetylenes containing long sequences of conjugated double bonds in the backbone with ionic charges adjacent to or in conjugation with the backbone, and a synthetic process for preparing them, are disclosed. These polymers, which are soluble in many solvents, including water, are mono- and di-substituted polyacetylenes that are extensively conjugated. The charge density and geometry of charge distribution depends on the number and nature of the substituents.