Soluble kinds of coordination polymers containing Cr(III) ion in the backbone were synthesized. Structures of the polymers were characterized by Fr-IR, UV-vis, H-1 and C-13 NMR, and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Thermal degradation data were obtained by TG-DTA and DSC techniques. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements were carried out and the HOMO-LUMO energy levels and electrochemical band gaps (E-g') were calculated. Additionally, the optical band gaps (E-g) were determined by using UV-vis spectra of the materials. Electrical conductivity measurements of doped (with iodine) and undoped polymers related to temperature were carried out by four-point probe technique using a Keithley 2400 electrometer. Measurements were made by using the polymeric films deposited on ITO glass plate by dip-coating method. Also, absorption spectra of doped polymeric films were recorded by a single beam spectro photometer showing that doping procedure causes shifting in absorption spectra. Their abilities of processing in gas sensors were also discussed. According to obtained results the synthesized chelate polymers are semi-conductors having polyconjugated structures. Also, P-2 is the most electro-conductive polymer among the synthesized, while P-1 is the most thermally stable one. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.