Transition metal σ-acetylide polymers containing main group elements in the main chain: Synthesis, light emission and optoelectronic applications

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This chapter highlights recent progress in the development of rigid-rod transition metal polyyne polymers and their molecular model oligomers containing selected group 14 and 16 main group elements in the molecular backbone. The research work involves the synthesis, spectroscopic and photophysical characterization, and possible optoelectronic applications of these luminescent polymeric materials. Considerable emphasis is placed on the optical spectroscopy, photoluminescent behavior, thermal stability and structural aspects of this class of polymetallaynes. A comprehensive account of the effects of these main group elements on the spatial extent of the lowest singlet and triplet excited states of these metal polyyne polymers is provided and the roles of these conjugation-interrupting units in governing the radiative decay rates for phosphorescence emissions are critically elucidated. The future developments of this research frontier in various domains are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInorganic and Organometallic Macromolecules
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Applications
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9780387729466
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetylide
  • chalcogens
  • germanium
  • luminescence
  • macromolecules
  • main group elements
  • metallopolymers
  • oligothiophenes
  • platinum
  • silicon
  • siloles
  • transition metals
  • triplet emission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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