Supramolecular polymerization promoted and controlled through self-sorting

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A new method in which supramolecular polymerization is promoted and controlled through self-sorting is reported. The bifunctional monomer containing p-phenylene and naphthalene moieties was prepared. Supramolecular polymerization is promoted by selective recognition between the p-phenylene group and cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]), and 2:1 complexation of the naphthalene groups with cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]). The process can be controlled by tuning the CB[7] content. This development will enrich the field of supramolecular polymers with important advances towards the realization of molecular-weight and structural control.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 5351-5355
Zehuan Huang
Zehuan Huang
Principal Investigator

Father, Husband, Son & Researcher in Supramolecular Biomaterials.