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Keywords:

  • conjugated polymers;
  • OLED materials;
  • polymer synthesis;
  • polyphenylenes;
  • Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling

Abstract

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This review draws a rather comprehensive picture of how Suzuki polycondensation was discovered in 1989 and how it was subsequently developed into the most powerful polymerization method for polyarylenes during the last 20 years. It combines insights into synthetic issues with classes of polymers prepared and touches upon aspects of this method's technological importance. Because a significant part of the developmental work was carried out in industry, the present review makes reference to an unusually large number of patents.