6. Silicon-, Germanium-, Tin-, and Lead-Containing Polymers

  1. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz1,
  2. Charles E. Carraher Jr.2,
  3. Charles U. Pittman Jr.3,
  4. John E. Sheats4 and
  5. Martel Zeldin5

Published Online: 30 SEP 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047146659X.ch6

Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements: A Half-Century of Metal- and Metalloid-Containing Polymers, Volume 1

Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements: A Half-Century of Metal- and Metalloid-Containing Polymers, Volume 1

How to Cite

Abd-El-Aziz, A. S., Carraher, C. E., Pittman, C. U., Sheats, J. E. and Zeldin, M. (2003) Silicon-, Germanium-, Tin-, and Lead-Containing Polymers, in Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements: A Half-Century of Metal- and Metalloid-Containing Polymers, Volume 1, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/047146659X.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA

  4. 4

    Department of Chemistry, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA

  5. 5

    Department of Chemistry, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 SEP 2003
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471458326

Online ISBN: 9780471466598

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Keywords:

  • polysilylenes (polysilanes);
  • polycarbosilanes;
  • polysilazanes;
  • polysiloxanes;
  • polysilsesquioxanes;
  • polygermanes;
  • germanium-containing polymers;
  • polystannanes;
  • tin-containing polymers;
  • lead-containing polymers

Summary

With the exception of carbon, which is a non-metal, a wide variety of macromolecular structures containing Group IVA main group elements are discussed in this chapter. Most of the work has been done with silicon-containing structures because of the industrial importance of polysiloxanes, polysilanes, polycarbosilanes, polysilazanes and oligomeric silsesquioxanes. Tin-containing macromolecules have also received a great deal of attention, much of it driven by the biological activities of the organotin compounds. The variety of germanium-containing products is greatly reduced compared to tin and silicon mainly because of its expense and the lack of suitable commercially available starting materials. The least well studied of the Group IVA-containing macromolecules are those of lead, possibly because of their generally poor solubility and toxicity.