Synthesis and properties of metallo-supramolecular poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s

Daniel Knapton, Stuart J. Rowan*, Christoph Weder

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The use of metal-ligand binding as the driving force for the self-assembly polymerizations of a ditopic monomer offers a facile route to the preparation of metallo-supramolecular polymers. We report, herein, the utilization of this approach for the polymerization of a conjugated macromonomer that was derived by functionalizing a low-molecular-weight poly(2,5-dialkoxy-p-phenylene ethynylene) core with 2,6-bis(1′-methylbenzimidazolyl)pyridine (Mebip) ligands on the two terminal positions. The supramolecular polymerization of this macromonomer with equimolar amounts of Zn 2+ or Fe 2+ resulted in polymers, which exhibit appreciable mechanical strength, but due to their self-assembly ability offer the ease of processing of low-molecular-weight compounds. The optical and thermomechanical properties of the new materials were investigated by a variety of analytical techniques, including ultraviolet-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical thermoanalysis, and thermogravimetric analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-657
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 24
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry


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