Self-sorting in polymers

Caroline Burd, Marcus Week

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Random and block copolymers containing two different classes of hydrogen-bonding side-chains have been prepared by ring-opening metathesis polymerization. The resulting copolymers can be viewed as "universal polymer backbones" based solely on two competitive hydrogen-bonding pairs. The hydrogen-bonding side chains containing thymine and cyanuric acid-based recognition motifs are shown to self-assemble with their complementary diamido pyridine and isophthalic wedge moieties, respectively, even in the presence of competitive recognition sites, i.e., selective functionalization of the copolymers can be accomplished via a one-step orthogonal self-assembly approach displaying self-sorting in a competitive environment. These results clearly demonstrate the concept of self-sorting in synthetic polymers and suggest the design of complex polymeric materials containing competitive noncovalent interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7225-7230
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecules
Volume38
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2005

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Self-sorting in polymers. / Burd, Caroline; Week, Marcus.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 38, No. 17, 23.08.2005, p. 7225-7230.

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