Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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July 24, 2008
Functional Polymers: With Hydrosilylation to Functional Polymers
J. C. Sanchez and W. C. Trogler*
Polycarbosilanes comprise a whole range of desirable properties. High thermal stability, elastomeric behavior, diverse functional group tolerance, and electronic delocalization render them suitable candidates for the production of new ceramic precursors, fire-retardant materials, and flexible conducting polymers. This review focuses on the use of catalytic hydrosilylation of diynes for the synthesis of these new functional materials. With its tolerance of many functional groups, catalytic hydrosilylation offers one-step syntheses of both aliphatic and olefinic polymers and dendrimers whose electronic properties can be tuned selectively.
Macromol. Chem. Phys. DOI:10.1002/macp.200800235