Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, xi, 70 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jeremy I Feldblyum

Committee Members

Evgeny Dikarev, Ting Wang


Conjugated polymers, Polymers, Porosity, Nanostructured materials, Polymerization, Nanostructures, polymers, porosity, polymerization

Subject Categories

Inorganic Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry


Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) are class of polymers known for high surface areas arising from their contorted and rigid backbone structures. While high surface area compounds are applicable in many fields, simultaneous solubility and conductivity in PIMs is still lacking. In general, the monomeric units that form the backbone, necessary to yield inefficient polymer strand packing and contortion, also break conjugation in the along the polymer backbone and therefore limit conductivity. It has been previously noted that extended conjugation and the addition of metal atoms (along the backbone) increases conductivity. We therefore sought to use a strategy whereby the building blocks for a conjugated metallopolymer also introduced backbone contortion and inefficient interchain packing, leading to a combination of functional electronic properties, solubility and high surface area in a single material. In this work, we describe initial efforts to synthesize and characterize poly(ferrocenyl-p-diethynyl benzene) and related derivatives, which were identified as excellent candidates for processable, porous (semi)conductors.