Mutual Conversion between Stretched and Contracted Helices and its External Stimuli Induced Drastic Colors and Geometrical Structures Changes of Substituted Polyacetylenes Prepared with an Organo-Rhodium Catalyst
Unique conversions between stretched and contracted helices of mono-substituted polyacetylenes (SPA)s prepared with an organo rhodium complex-amine catalytic system were demonstrated. The conversions of aromatic SPAs with a drastic color change were caused by polymerization solvents used, substituents in the phenyl ring, and external stimuli like heat- and solvent-treatments which were induced in the solid state. The helices of aliphatic polyacetylenes was oscillating just like spring or coil which was synchronizing with the restricted rotation around the ester O-*C bond in the solution. The oscillation mode was named as an accordion-like helix oscillation “HELIOS”. All the conversions were attributed to the difference of the thermodynamical stability between stretched and contracted helices.
M. Tabata et al., "Mutual Conversion between Stretched and Contracted Helices and its External Stimuli Induced Drastic Colors and Geometrical Structures Changes of Substituted Polyacetylenes Prepared with an Organo-Rhodium Catalyst", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 97, pp. 18-23, 2017