Directed self-assembly of metallosupramolecular polymers at the polymer-polymer interface

Justin R. Kumpfer, Stuart J. Rowan*

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Directed self-assembly of a metallosupramolecular polymer is achieved at the interface between two polymer films by simple melt pressing. Blends of a 2,6-bis(Nmethylbenzimidazolyl) pyridine (MeBip) side-chain functionalized polystyrene in a polystyrene matrix and Zn(NTf2)2 in a poly(methyl methacrylate) matrix were pressed together above the Tg of the matrix polymers resulting in diffusion of the components and subsequent self-assembly of the metallosupramolecular polymer at the polymer-polymer interface. The formation of the metallosupramolecular polymer was monitored by spectroscopy and microscopy and it was found that the interfacial self-assembly occurs at the processing temperatures (ca. 210 °C) within 5 min. It was further shown that this materials system resulted in robust films that exhibited a new emergent property, namely, phosphorescence, which is not exhibited by any of the individual components nor the metallosupramolecular polymer itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-887
Number of pages6
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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