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Complex architecures of conjugated polymers via Suzuki and Kumada chain-growth polycondensations

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Please note the venue is the Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Unlike the situation with nonconductive polymers where variety of polymer architectures (block copolymers, polymer brushes, start, etc.) are readily available, a synthetic toolbox is much less developed in the case of conjugated (conductive) polymers. Recently, we developed surface/site-initiated Ni- and Pd-mediated catalyst transfer chain-growth polycondensations. To date, methods to grow conductive polymer brushes, hairy particles and stars of regioregular poly(3-alkylthiophenes), polyfluorenes and other conjugated polymers were developed. In this talk I would like to review our recent results in this field, including application of the obtained structures in photovoltaics and discuss an intriguing ring-walking polycondensation mechanism, responsible for the selective formation of such structures.

This talk is part of the Melville Laboratory Seminars series.

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