Electro- and magneto-responsible chiral polymers

Tomokazu Iwasaki, Hiroyuki Nishide*

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Helical polymers and macromolecules have precisely ordered stereostructures, and their potential applications include chiral separation and sensing based on molecular recognition and liquid crystalline formation by molecular ordering. Among them, π-conjugated polymers with a helical structure have often exhibited unique electro- and magneto-responsibilies. In this review, we describe the helical π-conjugated macromolecules as electro- and magneto-responsible materials including our recent studies. In Chapter 2, the recent studies of helical polymeric molecules with π-conjugated structures are reviewed. We focus on "helicene" derivatives, which consist of fused-benzene and/or thiophene rings, in Chapter 3 and summarize their syntheses, characteristics, and optical properties based on the stiff structures and molecular ordering. Helical ladder polymers, "poly(thiaheterohelicene)s" comprised of fused-benzothiophene rings, are discussed in Chapter 4 among their stiff helical structure and π-conjugation. The combined functions of electro- and magneto-properties of the chiral polymer are described using the example of poly(thiaheterohelicene)s, such as electron transmission along the helical main-chain and a molecule model of a molecular solenoid, in the final section.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1665-1684
Number of pages20
JournalCurrent Organic Chemistry
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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