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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 672654, 11 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and Preliminary Characterization of a PPE-Type Polymer Containing Substituted Fullerenes and Transition Metal Ligation Sites

Department of Chemistry, Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099, USA

Received 1 July 2015; Revised 21 September 2015; Accepted 8 October 2015

Academic Editor: Davide Vione

Copyright © 2015 Corinne A. Basinger 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.


A substituted fullerene was incorporated into a PPE-conjugated polymer repeat unit. This subunit was then polymerized via Sonogashira coupling with other repeat units to create polymeric systems approaching 50 repeat units (based on GPC characterization). Bipyridine ligands were incorporated into some of these repeat units to provide sites for transition metal coordination. Photophysical characterization of the absorption and emission properties of these systems shows excited states located on both the fullerene and aromatic backbone of the polymers that exist in a thermally controlled equilibrium. Future work will explore other substituted polyaromatic systems using similar methodologies.