Title

Poly(2,5-diphenylgermole): incorporation of a germole ring into a conjugated polymer

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

9-1-2000

Abstract

The intramolecular zirconocene coupling of 4,4-bis(hexyloxymethyl)-1,7-bis-p-halophenyl-1,6-heptadiynes provides 2,5-bis-p-halophenylzirconocyclopentadienes (bromo and chloro derivatives), which undergo efficient transmetalation reactions with GeBr4. Methylation of the resulting dihalogermoles with MeLi provided bis-p-halophenyl-2,5-germole monomers. These functionalized germoles were polymerized via nickel coupling to give oligo- and poly(2,5-diphenylgermole) materials (7). Investigations of optical properties reveal that the monomers and a model 2,5-bisphenylgermole are somewhat photoluminescent (Φ = 0.018-0.12), while the high molecular weight polymer (Mn ≈ 20000) exhibits very efficient photoemission (Φ = 0.79). Electrochemical studies indicate that delocalization in 7 is accompanied by a modest lowering of the LUMO level relative to that of the monomer.

Publication Title

Organometallics

Volume

19

Issue

18

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