Department of Chemistry
Metal-containing polymers: Facile tuning of photophysical traits and emerging applications in organic electronics and photonics
Metal-containing polymers or metallopolymers have become a field of immense interest because of their possible application in the materials industry. The presence of transition metal elements in a polymer chain would offer an attractive platform for combining the chemical, electronic, magnetic, optical and redox properties of metal complexes with those of the organic materials. This has led to a rapidly expanding knowledge in their functional properties and uses. A complete understanding of the relationship between chemical and electronic structures is necessary to tailor for a particular function so that specialty polymers with advanced functionalities can be developed. Polymers possess unique advantages such as low cost, light weight and ease of solution processibility and, therefore, they hold great promise as versatile functional materials for exploitation in organic electronics. This review presents the latest research development of the field, with emphasis on fundamental concepts, facile tuning of their photophysical properties and current applications in the optoelectronic areas. To date, many soluble, semiconducting, photovoltaic and luminescent conjugated metalated polymers have been generated and studied. They have found an array of high-tech applications, for example, as active layers in the fabrication of polymer light-emitting diodes, polymer solar cells and polymer field-effect transistors. Their excited state chemistry is also of pivotal importance in understanding the operation mechanism and in optimizing the performance of these polymeric optoelectronic devices. This contribution will serve as a good forum to highlight the contemporary developments made by the polymer scientists working on functional metal-containing polymers for organic electronics and photonics. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Metallopolymers, Organic electronics, Photoluminescence, Photophysics, Transition metals
Source Publication Title
Coordination Chemistry Reviews
Ho, Cheuk-Lam, and Wai-Yeung Wong. "Metal-containing polymers: Facile tuning of photophysical traits and emerging applications in organic electronics and photonics." Coordination Chemistry Reviews 255.21-22 (2011): 2469-2502.