Redox-active ferrocenylboronium polyelectrolytes with main chain charge-transfer structure

Chengzhong Cui, Julia Heilmann-Brohl, Alejandro Sánchez Perucha, Mark D. Thomson, Hartmut G. Roskos, Matthias Wagner, Frieder Jäkle

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A cationic poly(ferrocenylboronium) derivative was prepared by postpolymerization modification reaction of poly(ferrocenylbromoborane) (P1) with 4,4′-dinonyl-2,2′-bipyridyl (Rbipy). The polymer was found to show good stability under ambient conditions and was well soluble in polar organic solvents. Dialysis in MeOH allowed for isolation of a high molecular weight fraction that was further examined. The number-average of repeat units was estimated by GPC analysis relative to PS standards to be n =17, and MALDI - TOF analysis confirmed the chemical structure of the polymer repeat units. A characteristic purple color was observed in solution, which is due to charge-transfer from the electron-rich ferrocenyl to the electron-deficient bipyridylboronium moieties along the polymer main chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5256-5261
Number of pages6
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 22 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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    Cui, C., Heilmann-Brohl, J., Sánchez Perucha, A., Thomson, M. D., Roskos, H. G., Wagner, M., & Jäkle, F. (2010). Redox-active ferrocenylboronium polyelectrolytes with main chain charge-transfer structure. Macromolecules, 43(12), 5256-5261.