Nucleobase-Induced Supramolecular Polymerization in the Solid State

Stuart J. Rowan*, Phiriyatorn Suwanmala, Sona Sivakova

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Supramolecular polymerization, that is, the self-assembly of polymer-like materials through the utilization of the noncovalent bond, has been a developing area of research over the last decade. In this article, we report the synthesis of nucleobaseterminated (N6-anisoyl-adenine and thymine) low-molecular-weight poly(tetrahydrofuran) macromonomers (-1). The adenine-derived supramolecular telechelic polymer self-assembled in the solid state to yield materials with film- and fiber-forming capabilities. This material was thermally reversible and exhibited a ceiling temperature, above which a drop in viscosity was observed and fibers could no longer be obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3589-3596
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Nov 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Macromonomers
  • Nucleobase
  • Reversible polymers
  • Self-assembly
  • Supramolecular structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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