Tetrazole Functional RAFT Polymers as Macromolecular Ligands for Luminescent Metal Fragments
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School of Molecular and Life Sciences
In this research, three series of polymeric materials containing tetrazole functionalities were synthesised by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation and, following post-polymerisation modification, employed as macromolecular ligands for the complexation of luminescent metals. The photophysical properties of the luminescent materials containing Re(I) triscarbonyl diimine metal complexes or cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes were investigated. The ability of the materials to act as probes in the staining of rodent brain tissues was evaluated.