Recent progress on the photonic properties of conjugated organometallic polymers built upon the trans-Bis(paraethynylbenzene)bis(phosphine)platinum(II) chromophore and related derivatives

Wai Yeung Wong, Pierre D. Harvey

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This review article surveys the electronic and photophysical properties of conjugated organometallic polymers built upon the title compound and its related derivatives focussing primarily on systems investigated in our laboratories. The general structure of the polymers is (trans-bis(para-ethynylbenzene) bis(phosphine)platinum(II)-G)n where G is a conjugated group such as thiophene, fluorene, carbazole, substituted silole, quinone derivative, and metalloporphyrin residue, or a non-conjugated main-group moiety. Systems based on substituted phenylene units and other related fused rings are also discussed. The phosphine ligands are generally triethyl- or tri-n-butylphosphine groups. These trans-platinum(II) polymers and the corresponding model compounds are compared to the corresponding ortho-derivatives in the quinone series, and the newly prepared paracyclophane-containing polymers. For the porphyrin series, a comparison of fully conjugated oligomers exhibiting the general structure (transbis(para-ethynyl(zinc(porphyrin)))bis(phosphine)platinum(n)).,(i.e., the C6H4group is absent from the main chain) will be made. This contribution also includes a description of the properties of the mononuclear chromophore itself, properties that define those of the polymers. Potential applications with regard to electronic and optical devices will be highlighted. These soluble and stable materials feature both the processing advantages of polymers and the functionality provided by the presence of metal centers. These multifunctional organometallic polyyne polymers exniDit convenient structural variability as well as optical and electronic properties, which renders them important for use in different research domains as chemical sensors and sensor protectors, as converters for light/ electricity signals, and as patternable precursors to magnetic metal alloy nanoparticles. KGaA (Figure Presented).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-713
Number of pages43
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkynyl
  • Metallopolymers
  • Photonics
  • Platinum
  • Polyynes
  • Transition metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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