Organometallic single-chain polymer nanoparticles via intra-chain cross-linking with dinuclear μ-halo(diene)Rh(I) complexes

Victoria Kobernik, Ravindra Suresh Phatake, Jonathan Tzadikov, Ofer Reany, N. Gabriel Lemcoff

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An approach towards the expansion of Rh(I)-containing single-chain polymer nanoparticles (SCNPs) using linear polymers and μ-halo(diene)Rh(I) dimers as cross-linkers in high dilution was explored. Initially, the effects of utilizing different anionic ligands, i.e., halides, together with various labile alkene ligands, such as ethylene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene and 1,5-hexadiene, on the stability and activity of the resulting Rh(I) cross-linking complexes were examined. While the ethylene complexes for bromide and iodide bridges resulted too unstable and the 1,5-cyclooctadiene ligand produced inert complexes, the 1,5-hexadiene ligands provided the proper equilibrium of stability and lability to achieve efficient polymer folding. Thus, a range of new organometallic nanoparticles could be obtained via a direct exchange between the 1,5-hexadiene labile ligands of the Rh(I) complexes, and the corresponding 1,5-hexadiene elements present in ROMP derived 1,5-polycyclooctadiene (PCOD) and 1,4-polybutadiene (PBD). Notably, SEC analysis of the single-chain nanoparticles both for PCOD and PBD revealed the expected decrease in the hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of the parent polymer, indicating that other anions can also be used as elements in the cross-linking moieties to form these organometallic nanoparticles. Moreover, all of the Rh-SCNPs displayed intrinsic semi-conductivities in the range of similar undoped organic conjugated polymers, expanding the possible uses of this methodology for many applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104971
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
N. G. Lemcoff acknowledges the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation ( 2014/116 ) and internal funds from BGU supporting V. Kobernik's doctoral fellowship, and O. Reany acknowledges internal funds from OUI supporting Dr. R. Phatake's post-doctoral fellowship.

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© 2021 Elsevier B.V.


  • Folded polymers
  • Intramolecular cross-linking
  • Intrinsic conductivity
  • Polybutadiene
  • Polycyclooctadiene
  • Rhodium(I) complexes
  • Single-chain polymer nanoparticles


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