Journal article

Tolerant to air sigma-alkane complexes by surface modification of single crystalline solid-state molecular organometallics using vapour-phase cationic polymerisation: SMOM@polymer

Alexander J Bukvic, Dana Georgiana Crivoi, Hollie G Garwood, Alasdair McKay, Thomas TD Chen, Antonio J Martinez-Martinez, Andrew S Weller

Chemical Communications | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2020


Vapour-phase surface-initiated cationic polymerisation of ethylvinylether occurs at single-crystals of the σ-alkane complex [Rh(Cy2PCH2CH2PCy2)(NBA)][BArF4]. This new surface interface makes these normally very air sensitive materials tolerant to air, while also allowing for onward single-crystal to single-crystal reactivity at metal sites within the lattice.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by EPSRC

Awarded by Leverhulme Trust

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the EPSRC (EP/M024210), Leverhulme Trust (RPG2015-447) and SCG Chemicals for funding.