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Three-Dimensional Electronic Delocalization in Chiral Conjugated Polymers


  • We are grateful for research funding from the Department of Energy, Army Research Office, and NASA.


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Chiral network: Poly(phenylacetylene) chains were derivatized with chiral side chains and bulky pentiptycene groups to give interlocking optically active aggregates (see figure; A forms initially and the aggregate then tightens to form B) in both solution and solid state. The resultant grid is a stable organization with high optical activity, high quantum yields, and superior detection limits for trinitrotoluene.