Special Issue "Recent Advances in Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalysis in Organic and Polymer Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Anton Kiriy Website E-Mail
Leibniz Inst Polymerforsch Dresden eV, Dept Polymer Structures, Hohe Str 6, D-01069 Dresden, Germany
Interests: developing new methods for controlled preparation of π-conjugated (semiconducting) polymers of various architectures for needs of organic electronics (e.g., solar cells, field transistors, light-emitting diodes, energy storage devices, sensors, etc.)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue intends to highlight recent developments in the field of chain-growth Catalyst–Transfer Polycondensation (CTP). CTP is an emerging tool for preparation of conjugated (hetero)arene polymers with controllable molecular weights, copolymer sequences, end groups, and narrow dispersities—features that significantly influence polymers’ performance in organic electronic devices. Until now, the best CTP performance was achieved with relatively simple, electron-rich monomers. For example, CTP of AB-type thiophene monomers follows a near living mechanism in the presence of the Ni catalyst, having bidentate phosphine ligands. Recently, several carbene-ligated Ni- and Pd-based precatalysts have been shown to also be effective in CTP. Nevertheless, an important limitation is that these traditional CTP catalysts mostly lead to nonliving, non-chain-growth behavior when monomers having electron-deficient groups are utilized. Because these monomers often show the highest performance in electronic devices, there is a significant need to develop appropriate CTP catalysts. Aiming to extend the CTP monomer scope, significant experimental efforts and theoretical calculations were devoted to the investigation of the CTP mechanism.

Original and review papers, which address the above-mentioned and other related problems experimentally or by means of theoretical calculations, are the focus of this Special Issue.

Dr. Anton Kiriy
Guest Editor

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  • Catalyst‐transfer polycondensation
  • Controlled polymerization
  • Externally-initiated polymerization
  • Phosphine ligands
  • N‐heterocyclic carbenes
  • Conjugated block copolymers
  • End-group analysis
  • AB-type monomers
  • Kumada CTP
  • Suzuki CTP

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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