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Synthesis and Orientation of Poly(Dialkylstannane)s

  • Fabien Choffat (a1), Sara Fornera (a1), Paul Smith (a1) and Walter Caseri (a1)


Polystannanes, i.e. organometallic polymers of the chemical formula (SnR2)n, are relatively little explored, although they belong to the rare examples of polymers which are characterized by a backbone of metal atoms which are linked by covalent bonds. We developed a new synthetic route which yields pure linear poly(dibutylstannane) [Sn(Bu)2]n by polymerization of dibutylstannane (dibutyltin dihydride) with the catalyst [RhCl(PPh3)3]. Here, we report that the conversion and the reaction rate of dibutylstannane depends crucially on the temperature and [RhCl(PPh3)3] is also suited for the polymerization of dioctylstannane and didodecylstannane. The polymers thus obtained were characterized by 1H, 13C and 119Sn NMR spectroscopy: Orientation of all polystannanes was achieved by tensile drawing. The orientation was examined by UV-vis spectroscopy with polarized light and X-ray diffraction. Remarkably, the orientation of the backbone depended on the length of the alkyl groups.



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