Next Article in Journal
Transparent Blend of Poly(Methylmethacrylate)/Cellulose Acetate Butyrate for the Protection from Ultraviolet
Next Article in Special Issue
Papain-Catalyzed Synthesis of Polyglutamate Containing a Nylon Monomer Unit
Previous Article in Journal
Supported Catalysts Useful in Ring-Closing Metathesis, Cross Metathesis, and Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization
Previous Article in Special Issue
Precision Synthesis of Functional Polysaccharide Materials by Phosphorylase-Catalyzed Enzymatic Reactions
Open AccessArticle

Enzyme-Catalyzed Synthesis of Water-Soluble Conjugated Poly[2-(3-thienyl)-Ethoxy-4-Butylsulfonate]

School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Katja Loos
Polymers 2016, 8(4), 139;
Received: 17 March 2016 / Revised: 1 April 2016 / Accepted: 8 April 2016 / Published: 13 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Enzymatic Polymer Synthesis)
An environmentally friendly water-soluble conjugated polythiophene poly[2-(3-thienyl)-ethoxy-4-butylsulfonate] (PTEBS) has been found to be effective for making hybrid solar cells. In this work, we first report the enzyme-catalyzed polymerization of (3-thienyl)-ethoxy-4-butylsulfonate (TEBS) using horseradish peroxidase (HRP) enzyme as a catalyst and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as an oxidant in an aqueous buffer. This enzyme-catalyzed polymerization is a “green synthesis process” for the synthesis of water-soluble conjugated PTEBS, the benefits of which include a simple setting, high yields, and an environmentally friendly route. Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) and UV–Vis absorption spectra confirm the successful enzyme-catalyzed polymerization of TEBS. The thermo gravimetric (TG) data show the obtained PTEBS is stable over a fairly high range of temperatures. The present PTEBS has a good solubility in water and ethanol, and photoluminescence quenching of PTEBS/titanium dioxide (TiO2) composite implies that the excitons dissociate and separate successfully at the interface of PTEBS and TiO2, which help to build solar cells using green processing methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: water-soluble polythiophene; enzyme-catalyzed polymerization; hybrid solar cell water-soluble polythiophene; enzyme-catalyzed polymerization; hybrid solar cell
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

MDPI and ACS Style

Zhao, Y.; Zhu, H.; Wang, X.; Liu, Y.; Wu, X.; Zhou, H.; Ni, Z. Enzyme-Catalyzed Synthesis of Water-Soluble Conjugated Poly[2-(3-thienyl)-Ethoxy-4-Butylsulfonate]. Polymers 2016, 8, 139.

AMA Style

Zhao Y, Zhu H, Wang X, Liu Y, Wu X, Zhou H, Ni Z. Enzyme-Catalyzed Synthesis of Water-Soluble Conjugated Poly[2-(3-thienyl)-Ethoxy-4-Butylsulfonate]. Polymers. 2016; 8(4):139.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Zhao, Yun; Zhu, Hongyan; Wang, Xinyang; Liu, Yingying; Wu, Xiang; Zhou, Heyuan; Ni, Zhonghai. 2016. "Enzyme-Catalyzed Synthesis of Water-Soluble Conjugated Poly[2-(3-thienyl)-Ethoxy-4-Butylsulfonate]" Polymers 8, no. 4: 139.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Search more from Scilit
Back to TopTop