Synthesis of organometallic conducting polymers using soluble poly(n-alkylphenylene)s as ligands

H. Nishihara, H. Funaki, T. Shimura, K. Aramaki

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Homogeneous reaction of soluble poly(n-hexylphenylene) (PHP) with a molybdenum carbonyl complex, (py)3Mo(CO)3, afforded an organometallic π-conjugated polymer at ambient temperature. The product was soluble in common organic solvents such as chloroform or THF and its infrared and UV-visible absorption spectra and electrochemical properties indicated a formation of (η6-arene)Mo(CO)3-type complex polymer, PHP-Mo(CO)3. The ratio of Mo(CO)3 units to benzene rings in PHP-Mo(CO)3 was estimated at 1/5 from the ratio of ν(C≡O) and ν(C = C) peak absorbances in the infrared spectrum and by the colorimetric analysis of Mo content. Reaction of poly(n-butylphenylene) (PBP) with chromium hexacarbonyl also afforded a organometallic polymer containing Cr(CO)3 moieties, PBP-Cr(CO)3. Conductivity of PHP-Mo(CO)3 and PBP-Cr(CO)3 was higher than that of free PHP and PBP, respectively, in the neutral state, although the activation energy for the conductivity is not seriously changed by the complex formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-947
Number of pages6
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number2 -3 pt 2
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jan 1
EventProceedings of the International Conference on Science and Technology of Metals - ICSM'92 - Goteborg, Swed
Duration: 1992 Aug 121992 Aug 18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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