Synthesis, properties, and functionalization of poly(ferrocenylsilane)s with chloroalkyl side chains

K. Nicole Power-Billard, Timothy J. Peckham, Angelika Butt, Frieder Jäkle, Ian Manners

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A series of poly(ferrocenylsilane)s containing chloroalkyl side chains of increasing length is reported. By reacting fcLi2 · 2/3 tmeda with Cl2SiMeR, the corresponding [1]ferrocenophanes were prepared (2a, R = CH2Cl; 2b, R = CH2CH2Cl; and 2c, R = CH2CH2CH2Cl). Transition metal-catalyzed or thermal ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of these monomers yielded the polyferrocenes 3a, 3b, and 3c. The chlorine substituents of polymers 3a and 3b were unreactive toward nucleophilic substitution. In contast, polymer 3c could be reacted with 4-dimethylaminopyridine in DMF to afford the water-soluble poly(ferrocenylsilane) 4. This represents a new method for the preparation of water-soluble polyferrocenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Nucleophilic substitution
  • Polyferrocenes
  • Water-soluble


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