Decoupling optical properties in metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s

Mark Burnworth, James D. Mendez, Michael Schroeter, Stuart J. Rowan, Christoph Weder

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The self-assembly polymerization of ditopic macromolecules through metal-ligand binding is an attractive framework for the preparation of high-molecular-weight metallo-supramolecular polymers. This approach was utilized here for the polymerization of a conjugated macromonomer (1) that was derived by functionalizing a low-molecular-weight poly(2,5-dialkoxy-p-phenylene ethynylene) (PPE) core with 2,6-bis(1′-methylbenzimi-dazolyl)pyridine (Mebip) ligands on the two terminal positions. To minimize electronic interactions between the PPE moieties and the metal-ligand complexes, nonconjugated hexamethylene spacers were introduced between the PPE and Mebip building blocks. The supramolecular polymerization of macromonomer 1 with equimolar amounts of Zn2+ or Fe2+ resulted in polymers, which exhibit appreciable mechanical properties (loss moduli of [1·Zn(ClO4)2]n and [1·Fe(ClO 4)2]n at 25 °C are ca. 450 and 610 MPa, respectively), but on account of their dynamic, reversible nature offer the ease of processing of low-molecular-weight compounds. The optoelectronic properties of these metallopolymers are similar to those of the parent PPE and demonstrate that the functionalities of semiconducting building blocks and coordination chain extenders can be effectively decoupled by a short, nonconjugated spacer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2157-2163
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar 25
Externally publishedYes

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Optical properties
Molecular weight
Ligands
Polymerization
Pyridine
Polymers
Metals
Macromolecules
Optoelectronic devices
Self assembly
Mechanical properties
Processing
poly-para-phenylene
pyridine
perchlorate

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Burnworth, M., Mendez, J. D., Schroeter, M., Rowan, S. J., & Weder, C. (2008). Decoupling optical properties in metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s. Macromolecules, 41(6), 2157-2163. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma702712e

Decoupling optical properties in metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s. / Burnworth, Mark; Mendez, James D.; Schroeter, Michael; Rowan, Stuart J.; Weder, Christoph.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 41, No. 6, 25.03.2008, p. 2157-2163.

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Burnworth, M, Mendez, JD, Schroeter, M, Rowan, SJ & Weder, C 2008, 'Decoupling optical properties in metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s', Macromolecules, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 2157-2163. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma702712e
Burnworth M, Mendez JD, Schroeter M, Rowan SJ, Weder C. Decoupling optical properties in metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s. Macromolecules. 2008 Mar 25;41(6):2157-2163. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma702712e
Burnworth, Mark ; Mendez, James D. ; Schroeter, Michael ; Rowan, Stuart J. ; Weder, Christoph. / Decoupling optical properties in metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s. In: Macromolecules. 2008 ; Vol. 41, No. 6. pp. 2157-2163.
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