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Conjugated polymers with a brush of DNA

Conjugated polymers, popularly known as synthetic metals, have attracted significant interest due to their spectacular optical and electronic properties. Research in our lab focuses on controlling conjugated polymers at the single molecule level. To achieve this, we use a strategy involving synthesis of a large number of oligonucleotides onto functionalized polymers using solid supported oligonucleotide synthesis. This provides fully water soluble polymers that can be efficiently positioned in predesigned patterns on DNA nanostructures.