Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Chemistry

Title

Metal-containing polymers: Facile tuning of photophysical traits and emerging applications in organic electronics and photonics

Language

English

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Metallopolymers, Organic electronics, Photoluminescence, Photophysics, Transition metals

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Coordination Chemistry Reviews

Volume

255

Issue

21-22

Start Page

2469

End Page

2502

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.ccr.2011.01.052

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ccr.2011.01.052

ISSN (print)

00108545

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