A new class of polymers, which have a double-stranded polybinorbornene skeleton with multilayer planar oligoaryl linkers, defined as polymeric ladderphanes, are synthesized. The structures of these ladderphanes are determined by spectroscopic means. Photophysical studies and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopic investigations reveal that there is a strong interaction between the chromophore linkers. Thus, Soret band splitting in the absorption spectrum of the polymer with porphyrin linker (12e), significant fluorescence quenching with oligoaryl linkers (12b-d), and excimer emission with a terphenylene-diethynylene linker (12a) are characteristic photophysical properties of these polymers. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows that polymers 12b and d exhibit a ladder-like morphology and form a supramolecular assembly leading to a two-dimensional ordered array on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surface.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry