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Developing new conjugated polymeric microporous architectures as solid state sensors for detection of harmful nitroaromatic derivatives
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Conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) are attractive materials for the detection of chemicals because of their remarkable π-conjugation, large specific surface areas, photoluminescence and electroconductive properties. Despite the advances made in this area, some major drawbacks are still highly amenable to improvement: poor solubility of the chemically synthesized polymers, prediction of porosity from the structural architecture of the tecton-like building blocks and electrochemical detection of the analytes. Electrooxidative polymerization and emulsion polymerization can solve the major problem of processability related to CMPs due to the direct generation of the polymeric architecture (either in form of film or microparticles) as well as other aspects related to the uniformity, porosity and fine adjustments of the structural properties of the formed networks. Moreover, these techniques may conduct to microporous architectures with a high active surface area, avoiding the processability issues being directly formed and easily dispersible in the environment media.

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