Synfacts 2011(9): 0963-0963  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1261014
Synthesis of Materials and Unnatural Products
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Polyacetylene by a Chain-Growth Approach

Contributor(s): Timothy M. Swager, Jason R. Cox
K. Luo, S. J. Kim, A. N. Cartwright, J. Rzayev*
The State University of New York, Buffalo and University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA
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Publication Date:
19 August 2011 (online)


This work describes a chain-growth approach to polyacetylene derivatives via post-polymerization modifications. Monomer 1 was polymerized under free-radical conditions to obtain poly(1) with polydispersity indexes of 1.20 and molecular weights of 33 kg/mol. This polymer was then brominated followed by spontaneous dehydrobromination to afford a polyacetylene with a narrow bandgap (1.4 eV) and a conductivity of 1.5 x 10-5 S/m.