Microwave-assisted McMurry polymerization utilizing low-valent titanium for the synthesis of poly 2,6-[1,5-bis(dodecyloxy)naphthylene vinylene] (PNV)

Henrik Thomas, Nicolai Stuhr-Hansen, Fredrik Westerlund, Bo W. Laursen, Magnus Magnussen, Henning Osholm Sørensen, Thomas Bjørnholm, Jørn B. Christensen

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    Poly 2,6-[1,5-bis(dodecyloxy)naphthylene vinylene] is synthesized by microwave-assisted McMurry polymerization utilizing low-valent titanium generated from titanium tetrachloride and zinc. The obtained polymer is fluorescent with an average molecular weight of approximately 65,000 g/mol and a polydispersity of Mw/Mn ≈ 3. Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy in solution and on spin-cast thin films reveal that the bis-alkoxy substituted PNV has a short effective conjugation length but a quite efficient exciton migration.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTetrahedron Letters
    Issue number52
    Pages (from-to)7374-7378
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Materials characterization and modelling
    • Materials research

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