Low-temperature synthesis of poly(p-phenylenevinylene) by the sulfonium salt route


  • The financial support of the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Scholarship for R. O. G.) is gratefully acknowledged.


Poly(p-phenylenevinylene), PPV, is one of the most promising candidates among the conjugated polymers for use in all-optical signal processing or as the active layer in light emitting diodes. Here, a low-temperature route to PPV is reported which makes the synthesis compatible with many of the thermoplastic polymers used in microelectronics and optics. The applicability of this route to device fabrication is also addressed.