by George Newkome
Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz, Charles E. Carraher,
Pierre D. Harvey, Charles U. Pittman, Martel Zeldin
This book is a compilation of eleven chapters dealing with metal-containing polymers, which are important ingredients in diverse utilitarian applications. This devoted volume contains a wide scope of topics and offers a pleasant overview of the scope and dynamics of the field. In Chapter 1, Aly, Carraher, and Harvey present (82 refs) an excellent introduction to photo-physics and photochemistry, which is a must read for anyone starting to consider metallo-polymers in their near future, especially for graduate students. In Chapter 2, Harvey, Clément, Knorr, and Husson summarize (104 refs) the preparation and photophysics of metallopolymeric structures possessing metal centers bridged by isocyanide coordination. Knorr and Guyon describe (174 refs) in Chapter 3 luminescent copper-containing macromolecules assembled with thioethereal ligands, based to a great extent on the precision of X-ray crystal data.
In Chapter 4, Mak and Chan delved (102 refs) into the application arena of different types of solar cells, derived from metal-containing macromolecules. Chapter 5, created (43 refs) by Chen, Cao, and Tang, addresses an introduction to silacyclopentadienes (siloles) built into polymeric frameworks for their use in a variety of useful applications, e.g. bulk-heterojunction solar cells, chemosensors, conductivity, and optical limiting uses. Dostie, Aktik, and Scarlete in Chapter 6 consider (135 refs) the photophysics and chemistry of electronic grade polysilanes in optoelectronic devices based on their high degree-of-ordering, self-assembly in thin films, and high-crystallinity in 3D motifs. Chapter 7, prepared by Tyler, Daglen, and Shultz (77 refs), offers a timely and very interesting insight into metal-metal bonds in polymer degradation; generally, one wants to create the most stable or utilitarian polymer, but there is a fascinating field of utilitarian degradable polymers.