Accession Number : ADA292955

Title :   Conjugated Aromatic Polyimines. 2. Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of New Aromatic Polyazomethines.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ROCHESTER UNIV NY DEPT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Yang, Chen-Jen ; Jenekhe, Samson A.

PDF Url : ADA292955

Report Date : 20 MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : A series of 20 conjugated aromatic Polyimines, containing p-phenylene, p-biphenylene, p-terphenylene, 4,4'- stilbene, and 1,5-naphthalene linkages in the backbone and various electron-donating and electron-withdrawing side-group substitutions, have been synthesized, characterized, and used to investigate the effects of molecular structure on the electronic structure and properties of conjugated polymers. Soluble gallium trichloride or diarylphosphate complexes of the aromatic polyimines in organic solvents facilitated their solution spectroscopic characterization and their processing into thin film and coatings. Electrochemical reduction of the aromatic polyimines was reversible with formal potential of -1.93 to -1.52 V (SCE) and 0.22 to 0.86 charge transferred whereas oxidation was irreversible. The electron affinity and ionization potentials of the series of polymers varied from 2.46 to 2.94 eV and from 4.80 to 5.38 eV, respectively. The associated LUMO and HOMO energy levels are thus tunable by up to 0.48 eV and 0.58 eV, respectively. The electrochemically and optically determined LUMO-HOMO energy gaps of thin films were very close and in the range of 2.08-2.77 eV. The results of this study show that aromatic polyimines are an interesting class of pi-conjugated polymers whose structure and properties can be regulated over a wide range by variation in backbone structure, side group substitution, and through intramolecular hydrogen bonding or complexation, backbone planarity. jg

Descriptors :   *POLYMERS, *AROMATIC COMPOUNDS, ELECTRONICS, HYDROGEN BONDS, SYNTHESIS, THIN FILMS, ELECTROCHEMISTRY, REDUCTION, VARIATIONS, COATINGS, OXIDATION, VERTEBRATES, CHLORIDES, GALLIUM, ELECTRON DONORS, MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, MOLECULE MOLECULE INTERACTIONS, SUBSTITUTES, SIDES, RANGE(EXTREMES), SOLUBILITY, ELECTRON ACCEPTORS, ORGANIC SOLVENTS, ENERGY LEVELS, IMINES, STILBENES, IONIZATION POTENTIALS, BIPHENYL, NAPHTHALENES.

Subject Categories : Polymer Chemistry
      Organic Chemistry
      Physical Chemistry
      Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

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