Dubey R.,Strategic Materials Group |
Dutta D.,Strategic Materials Group |
Shami T.C.,Strategic Materials Group |
Bhasker Rao K.U.,Strategic Materials Group
Chirality | Year: 2011
Optically active polyaniline (PANI) salts were readily generated in solution via the enantioselective acid doping of neutral emeraldine base (EB) form of PANI with either (+) or (-)-2-pyrrolidone-5-carboxylic acid (PCA) in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) and dimethylformamide (DMF) solvents. Strong mirror imaged circular dichroism (CD) spectra were obtained for the deep green polymer solutions obtained with (+) or (-) PCA, suggesting that the acid doping is enantioselective, with one helical screw of the polymer chain being preferentially produced depending on the nature of enantiomer. It was observed that molar concentration of PCA as well as nature of solvent plays a very important role in the generation of optically active PANI. The generated optically active PANI did not show any loss of optical activity up to 200 h. Chirality, 2011. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.