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Gustavo Alcantara

Gustavo Alcantara, Organic Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso


University of Texas at El Paso


Organic Chemistry


Manuel Sanchez Zayas

Faculty Sponsor(s): 

Javier Read de Alaniz

Faculty Sponsor's Department(s): 

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Title: 

Photo (Re)configurable PILs

Project Description: 

Studies indicate that a transition between a neutral polymer to a polymeric ionic liquid should exhibit a remarkable change in physical and chemical properties, including increased conductivity and flexibility, allowing for a new set of potential applications. In this study, we have synthesized a novel photo acid generator (PAG) for the in-situ release of a strong acid upon light exposure, imparting spatial and temporal control over the material properties. Furthermore, this PAG has been strategically designed to allow for facile covalent tethering into the polymer matrix that will allow for direct measurements of the change in glass transition temperatures and ionic conductivity.