This book presents a systematic study of the synthesis of optically active polymers, discussing in detail the syntheses of three different types of optically active polymers from helical polymers, dendronized polymers and other types of polymeric compounds. It also explains the syntheses of optically active azoaromatic and carbazole-containing azoaromatic polymers and copolymers; optically active benzodithiophene; and optically active porphyrin derivatives. The final chapter discusses different properties of optically active polymers such as nonlinear optical properties, chiroptical properties, vapochromic behaviour, absorption and emission properties, fabrication and photochromic properties. The intrinsic details of various properties of optically active polymers will offer a valuable resource for researchers and industry personnel actively engaged in application-oriented investigations.
Dr P K Dutta is a Professor and Former Head of the Department of Chemistry, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India and founding editor of Asian Chitin Journal, an international Journal since 2005. He received his M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) from IIT Kharagpur. His specialisation is in Physical/Polymer Chemistry and his research interests include synthesis, modification, physical, chemical and biological properties of engineering polymers: optically active polymers, chitosans, scaffolds for biomedical applications, nanocomposite preparation and application to tissue engineering, drug delivery, food prevention and wound management. He has authored more than 200 research publications and supervised 9 Ph.D. students, 19 M.Tech./M.Phil./M.Pharm dissertation, 16 M.Sc. dissertations and 2 patents. At present, 7 Ph.D. students are working under him. He is the author/editor of numerous books/chapters/course materials under the continuing education programme (AICTE) and serves as a reviewer for many national and international journals. He has handled about a dozen of research projects as principal investigator and engaged in research stays in the USA, UK, China, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey. Among other national/international fellowships, he was named a fellow (FRSC) of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK in 2007.
Dr Vinod Kumar received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Allahabad, Allahabad in January 2012. After obtaining his D.Phil. degree he worked with Prof P. K. Dutta at the Department of Chemistry, MNNIT Allahabad in the field of polymer chemistry from March 2012 to May 2014. He worked as Senior Scientific Assistant at the Forensic Science Laboratory, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Rohini, Delhi from Jun 2014 to Nov 2014. He subsequently worked at the Department of Forensic Medicine & Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi as a member of the research staff from Dec 2014 to Jan 2016. Since Jan 2016 he has been working in the field of polymer chemistry under the mentorship of Prof P. K. Dutta at the Department of Chemistry, MNNIT, Allahabad. He has published 16 research papers in national and international journals.