Metallo-supramolecular polymerization: A route to easy-to-process organic/inorganic hybrid materials

Mark Burnworth, Daniel Knapton, Stuart J. Rowan*, Christoph Weder

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The self-assembly polymerization of ditopic macromolecules via metal-ligand binding is a facile route for the preparation of metallo-supramolecular polymers (MSPs). We herein review our recent work focused on the synthesis and investigation of metallo-supramolecular polymers based on 2,6-bis(1′- methylbenzimidazolyl)pyridine endcapped poly(p-phenylene ethynylene) and poly(p-xylene) macromonomers. These materials are readily solution-processable and display appreciable mechanical properties as well as other attractive properties such as specific opto/electrical functions or high thermal stability. Our work illustrates that metallosupramolecular polymerization offers an attractive approach to assemble high-molecular-weight macromolecules from well-defined, easy to process precursors. Variation of the ditopic ligands and metal ions allows one to easily tailor the desired properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-103
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugated polymer
  • Metallopolymer
  • Organic/inorganic hybrid material
  • Organometallic
  • Poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)
  • Poly(p-xylylene)
  • Polymer
  • PPE
  • PPX
  • Processing
  • Supramolecular polymerization
  • Transition metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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