Interplay of the main chain, chiral side chains, and solvent in conformational transitions: poly([(R)-3,7-dimethyloctyl]-[(S)-3-methylpentyl]silylene).

Light scattering, sedimentation equilibrium, viscosity, circular dichroism (CD), and UV absorption (UV) measurements were made on dilute solutions of poly([(R)-3,7-dimethyloctyl]-[(S)-3-methylpentyl]silylene)(PRS) as functions of molecular weight. From light scattering and viscosity data, PRS is found to be a very stiff polymer of persistence length q as… CONTINUE READING