Elucidating the structure of poly(dopamine).

@article{Dreyer2012ElucidatingTS,
  title={Elucidating the structure of poly(dopamine).},
  author={Daniel R. Dreyer and Daniel J Miller and Benny D Freeman and Donald R. Paul and Christopher W. Bielawski},
  journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids},
  year={2012},
  volume={28 15},
  pages={6428-35}
}
Herein we propose a new structure for poly(dopamine), a synthetic eumelanin that has found broad utility as an antifouling agent. Commercially available 3-hydroxytyramine hydrochloride (dopamine HCl) was polymerized under aerobic, aqueous conditions using tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (TRIS) as a basic polymerization initiator, affording a darkly colored powder product upon isolation. The polymer was analyzed using a variety of solid state spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques… CONTINUE READING

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