Electrochemical reduction of iron, osmium, and ruthenium complexes containing the ligand 5-chlorophenanthroline leads to the controlled growth of metallopolymers as electrode coatings. The coatings are electroactive and display a reversible electrochromic effect upon metal oxidation. Auger electron spectroscopy studies show that the polymerization mechanism involves carbon-chlorine bond cleavage and the generation of exchangeable chloride ions. The proposed linkage mechanisms involve direct carbon-carbon coupling of phenanthroline ligands. The possible utility of these new polymers in redox conductivity studies and in microstructure fabrication is noted.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Inorganic Chemistry