Structure of a transition metal-containing polyyne

A. E. Dray*, R. Rachel, W. O. Saxton, J. Lewis, M. S. Khan, A. M. Donald, R. H. Friend

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Electron diffraction and low-dose, high-resolution imaging techniques have been used to obtain structural information for a rigid-rod polyyne containing platinum atoms directly bonded into the main chain. The high-resolution images show details of the arrangement of the molecular chains into crystallites ∼50 nm in diameter; dislocations and grain boundaries have also been imaged. A combination of electron diffraction and information derived from image processing of the high-resolution images indicates a unit cell in which parameters of a = 2.08 nm, c = 1.20 nm, and 90° ≤ β ≤ 93° have been measured and where b has tentatively been assigned as ∼1.9 nm. The variations in β relate to improvements in the degree of orientation of the polymer chains that arise from slight stretching of the thin films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3473-3479
Number of pages7
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry


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