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Ferrocenyl-terminated Dendrimers: Design for Applications in Molecular Electronics, Molecular Recognition and Catalysis

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This micro-review shows how a simple but powerful organometallic C–H activation could be made very useful for the construction of a large variety of stars, dendritic cores, dendrons and dendrimers of variable sizes including giant dendrimers and gold-nanoparticle-cored dendrimers. The synthesis of ferrocenyl-terminated dendrimers was then achieved by reactions of chlorocarbonylferrocene with polyamino dendrimers, ferrocenylsilylation of polyolefin dendrons and dendrimers and “click” reactions of ferrocenyl acetylene with azido-terminated dendrimers. The functions of these metallodendrimers include molecular electronics (molecular batteries), molecular redox recognition and sensing and catalysis using dendritic stabilization of nanoparticle catalysts.

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The valuable efforts and contributions of students and colleagues cited in the references to the subject of this micro-review and financial assistance from the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), the Université Bordeaux I, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) are gratefully acknowledged.

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Astruc, D., Ornelas, C. & Ruiz Aranzaes, J. Ferrocenyl-terminated Dendrimers: Design for Applications in Molecular Electronics, Molecular Recognition and Catalysis. J Inorg Organomet Polym 18, 4–17 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10904-007-9191-7

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Keywords

  • Dendrimer
  • “Click” reaction
  • Ferrocene
  • Sensor
  • Catalysis
  • Nanoparticle