Redox Polymers for Energy and Nanomedicine
Polymers with redox properties are electroactive macromolecules containing localized sites or groups that can be oxidized and reduced. Depending on the oxidation state, redox polymers can present different electronic, optical, mechanical or chemical properties. These polymers are finding new applications in materials science, as well as being included in the design of a number of electrochemical devices. Redox Polymers for Energy and Nanomedicine highlights trends in the chemistry, characterization and application of polymers with redox properties. The book starts with an introduction to redox polymers and covers several important topics including redox polymer types, state-of-the-art characterization techniques, synthetic strategies and theory and computational studies. The second part is devoted to the redox polymers applied in energy and nanomedicine. First, the most important redox polymer families in energy storage are reviewed, i.e, radical, phenothiazine, carbonyl and catechol containing polymers. The book also contains recent developments in redox polymers for biofuel cells and all-organic batteries. Second, the emerging applications of redox polymers in nanomedicine technologies such as, tissue engineering, drug-delivery, actuators or biosensors are explained in detail. With contributions from global experts, the book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers working in polymer science, electrochemistry, energy research and nanomedicine.