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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 484523, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/484523
Review Article

Synthesis of a Novel Family of Polysilsesquioxanes Having Oligothiophenes with Well-Defined Structures

Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Hiroshima, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527, Japan

Received 12 June 2012; Accepted 21 October 2012

Academic Editor: Kimihiro Matsukawa

Copyright © 2012 Ichiro Imae et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Our recent results on the synthesis and properties of a novel family of polysilsesquioxanes having oligothiophenes were reviewed. The polymers anchored on SiO2 or ITO substrates showed excellent mechanical hardness due to the formation of a three-dimensional siloxane network structure and chemical linkage between polymer and the surface of metal-oxide substrates. Optical, electrochemical, and electrical properties of polymers were also investigated.