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Controlled/living polymerization towards functional poly(p-phenylene vinylene) materials

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Poly(p-phenylene vinylene)s (PPVs) are an important class of highly fluorescent polymeric semiconductor materials. Despite their somewhat declining use in optoelectronic applications, PPV synthesis routes were in recent years significantly improved towards controlled/living polymerization. In this way, nowadays well-defined PPV structures that can be implemented in advanced polymer structures have become accessible, finding a potential application in new fields of research. This review summarizes the advances made and the types of polymers that have recently become available. Most notably, two polymerization approaches are compared, living polymerization towards well-defined PPVs via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and chain-transfer radical and anionic polymerization in the so-called sulfinyl precursor polymerization route.

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The article was received on 13 Dec 2015, accepted on 11 Jan 2016 and first published on 12 Jan 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01987G
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2016,7, 1355-1367
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    Controlled/living polymerization towards functional poly(p-phenylene vinylene) materials

    N. Zaquen, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande and T. Junkers, Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 1355
    DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01987G

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