Electrochemical assembly of metallopolymeric films via reduction of coordinated 5-chlorophenanthroline

Odette Fussa-Rydel, Hai Tao Zhang, Joseph T Hupp, Charles R. Leidner

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1533-1537
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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