Development of Bioorganic Polymer Composites for the Directed Assembly of Functional NanomaterialsPublic Deposited
This report describes the development of bioorganic small-molecule complexes for the directed assembly of functional nanomaterials. In particular, it examines the synthesis of small acetylene-based organic precursors for attaching DNA to form DNA/organic hybrids. This work continues previous studies demonstrating how DNA/polymer hybrid composites have sharper melting points than DNA alone, which may prove useful in advancing DNA-detection systems. The parasubstituted diacetylene organic molecule described here has a unique structure that allows for further attachment of DNA.