6. Silicon-, Germanium-, Tin-, and Lead-Containing Polymers
Published Online: 30 SEP 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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
- Published Online: 30 SEP 2003
- Published Print: 5 SEP 2003
Print ISBN: 9780471458326
Online ISBN: 9780471466598
- polysilylenes (polysilanes);
- germanium-containing polymers;
- tin-containing polymers;
- lead-containing polymers
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.