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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1533-1537
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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