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Radical polymers have received increased attention due to their scalable synthesis, ambient stability, optical transparency, and the ease of tuning their electronic properties. Radical polymers based on 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidin-1-yl-oxidanyl (TEMPO) have been widely synthesized and utilized in various organic-based devices. These polymers are exclusively p-type (i.e., hole-transporting) and recent interest has shifted to a search for other optoelectronic materials that can provide electron-transporting (n-type) and ambipolar properties. This would afford opportunities for advanced complementary circuitry. 

This dissertation describes the design, synthesis, optoelectronic, electrochemical and spin properties of radical polymers based on verdazyl and nitronyl-nitroxide pendant groups. Furthermore, it succinctly portrays how electronic and magnetic properties from these materials have been used to address fundamental challenges in advanced electromagnetic systems.

Chapter 1 provides a deeper understanding of the device systems that were addressed in the subsequent chapters of this work. The working principles, efficiency, and limitations of three device systems are well-described and these include electrochromic devices, spintronic devices, and organic electrochemical transistors.

Chapter 2 provides fundamental knowledge into the pendant groups that have been employed in this work. The history, synthetic routes, and modern-day chemistries of verdazyl and nitronyl nitroxide compounds are well-elucidated. This chapter also reveals approaches that can be employed in transferring spin density present in the small molecules of these pendant groups into much-larger, polymeric frameworks.

Chapter 3 provides a full description of a verdazyl polymer, polyoxo-3-(2-mercapto ethyl)-1,4-dihydro-1,2,4,5-tetrazin-6-one (PVEO) whose exciting properties have afforded it the opportunity to be employed as a counter electrode (i.e., the ion storage layer) in a high-performance electrochromic device. PVEO is viable alternative to inorganic-based materials that are presently being used in these systems.

Chapter 4 delves more into the magnetic properties of radical polymers and effectively describes how a nitronyl nitroxide polymer, poly-3-(4-(1-(3-methoxy-2-methylpropyl)-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)phenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-1-oxidaneyl-imidazole-3-oxide (PTNN) have been used to operate a spintronic device. The utilized spin-valve architectures, observed organic magnetoresistances, and opportunities for advanced applications are well described.

Chapter 5 provides both future perspectives and preliminary research work that have been done on how a verdazyl polymer, poly-3-(4-(1-(3-methoxy-2-methylpropyl)-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)phenyl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazin-6-one (TA-PVEO) could serve as active layers in organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs). 


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Chemistry

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Bryan Boudouris

Additional Committee Member 2

Jianguo Mei

Additional Committee Member 3

Brett Savoie

Additional Committee Member 4

Letian Dou