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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Abstract

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
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar
Externally publishedYes

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Hybrid materials
Macromolecules
Polymers
Ligands
Polymerization
Xylene
Pyridine
Self assembly
Metal ions
Thermodynamic stability
Metals
Molecular weight
Mechanical properties
pyridine
4-xylene
poly-para-phenylene

Keywords

  • 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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Metallo-supramolecular polymerization : A route to easy-to-process organic/inorganic hybrid materials. / Burnworth, Mark; Knapton, Daniel; Rowan, Stuart J.; Weder, Christoph.

In: Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, Vol. 17, No. 1, 03.2007, p. 91-103.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Burnworth, Mark ; Knapton, Daniel ; Rowan, Stuart J. ; Weder, Christoph. / Metallo-supramolecular polymerization : A route to easy-to-process organic/inorganic hybrid materials. In: Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials. 2007 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 91-103.
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