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Successful synthesis of helical conductive polymers with circular polarization activity in response to magnetic fields

Peer-Reviewed Publication

University of Tsukuba

Optical vortex texture of the polymer


Polarizing optical microscopy image of the conducting polymer prepared in cholesteric liquid crystal electrolyte with cyclosporin A, and helical stacking structure of the polymer in molecular level.

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Credit: University of Tsukuba

Tsukuba, Japan—In the realm of semiconductors, spintronics—a technology that manipulates electronic devices by controlling electron spin within magnetic fields—has gained considerable attention for its potential application in communication technologies. Traditionally, research in this area has predominantly focused on inorganic magnetic materials; only few studies have investigated organic electronics, particularly conductive polymers. Drawing on extensive experience in topological magnetism dating back to the late 1990s, our research team has reported several innovative organic magnetic materials in the spintronics domain.

Building on this foundation, we have developed helical, magnetically active conductive polymers, inspired by the medical application of cyclosporine A, a critical drug in transplantation and immunodeficiency treatment derived from natural fungi and known for its strong helical induction capability. The synthesized polymer, leveraging cyclosporine A's properties, is anticipated to possess a pronounced helical structure. Synchrotron radiation analysis confirmed this helical microstructure. Furthermore, the polymer demonstrated electron spin activity and anisotropy in alignment with the magnetic field direction in the microwave region, alongside measurable circularly polarized electron spin resonance. These characteristics, unprecedented in organic polymers, mark a crucial advancement in the pursuit of polymer-based spintronics.

This research was supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No. 20K05626) and JST, the establishment of university fellowships towards the creation of science technology innovation, Grant Number JPMJFS2106.


Original Paper

Title of original paper:
Optically Electroactive Polymer Synthesized in a Liquid Crystal with Cyclosporin A─Circularly Polarized Electron Spin Resonance

The Journal of Physical Chemistry



Associate Professor GOTO, Hiromasa
Institute of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Technology, University of Tsukuba

Professor KUMAI, Reiji
Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)


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