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Communication | Special issue | Vol 90, No. 2, 2015, pp.811-818
Published online, 6th October, 2014
DOI: 10.3987/COM-14-S(K)44
Redox Responsive Polymer Incorporated with Mesogenic Unit and Bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl Scaffold

Toshihiro Ohtake,* Hideki Tanaka, Tetsuro Matsumoto, Mutsumi Kimura, and Akira Ohta*

*Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, Asahi 3-1-1, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-8621, Japan


A redox-active polymer consisting of a poly(siloxane) backbone, a liquid crystalline (LC) unit, and bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl moieties was designed and synthesized. The resulting polymer after the incorporation of the redox-active and LC functional units into the poly(siloxane) backbone exhibits a redox response associated with the electrochemical interconversion of the bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl moieties.