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Published April 15, 1997 | public
Journal Article

Photoluminescence properties of polynapthalenevinylene (PNV) homopolymers and block copolymers by ring–opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and study of their photoluminescence properties


Well-defined transition metal catalysts have been developed over the last few years for the precise synthesis of polymers. Many of these catalysts are living and can be used to prepare near monodispersed homopolymers and block copolymers. Ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) initiators have been developed that will tolerate a wide range of functionalities and reaction conditions. A family of barrelene and barrelene derivatives have been prepared which can be ROMPed to precursors to poly(phenylenevinylene) and poly(napthylenevinylene). Using newly developed techniques, these monomers are being polymerized to form block polymers that contain monomers which give homopolymers with different emission spectra. The effects of phase separation and spectral matching are being investigated.

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© 1997 The Royal Society. Discussion Meeting Issue 'Electronics with molecular materials: from synthesis to device' organized by D. D. C. Bradley, R. H. Friend and A. B. Holmes. We thank the Office of Naval Research and the US Air Force for financial support. We also thank J. L. Brédas and J. Cornil, who performed the calculations.

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