Synthesis, photophysics and pyrolytic ceramization of a platinum(II)-containing poly(germylacetylene) polymer

Cheuk Lam Ho*, Suk Yue Poon, Kun Liu, Chun Kin Wong, Guo Liang Lu, Srebri Petrov, Ian Manners, Wai Yeung Wong

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A synthetic route to a new polymeric platinum(II)-containing germylacetylene has been developed. Soluble and thermally stable platinum(II) polyyne polymer trans-[ePt(PBu3)2C=CGePh2C=Ce]n (P1) was prepared in good yield by CuI-catalyzed polymerization of trans-[Pt(PBu3)2Cl2] and Ph2Ge(C=CH)2. We report the optical absorption and photoluminescence spectra of P1 and the results are compared with platinum(II) polyynes with purely acetylenic and other (hetero)aromatic conjugated units. Harvesting of organic triplet emission harnessed through the strong heavy-atom effect of Pt and Ge was examined. Polymer P1 was found to have a high optical bandgap (ca. 3.84 eV). The influence of metal and sp3-hybridized germyl-based conjugation interrupter on the intersystem crossing rate and the spatial extent of the lowest singlet and triplet excitons were fully elucidated. Our investigations indicate that a high-bandgap polymer P intrinsically gives rise to a very efficient phosphorescence with fast radiative decay. Remarkably, a simple single-step method was also established for the synthesis of platinum egermanium (PtGe) alloy nanoparticles using P1 as the polymer precursor and the resulting ceramic metal alloys have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and transmission electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Acetylide
  • Germanium
  • Nanoparticles
  • Phosphorescence
  • Platinum


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