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Electrochromic Polymer—Chemistry Outreach

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From windows that tint themselves to OLED technology, electrochromic polymers are redefining our ideas about conducting materials! Introduce your chemistry class to the emerging trend with an exciting lab activity. Budding materials scientists create an aniline polymer, then transform it in a series of redox reactions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the post-lab questions to launch a discussion after the experiment is complete
  • Keep the polymer party going by having groups research uses of electrochromic polymer technology
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have prior knowledge of different types of polymers to do the lab
  • Review the materials list well in advance to ensure you have everything in place for lab day
  • Activity is highly engaging and challenging
  • The resource includes helpful tips for a safe, enjoyable lesson
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