Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers Featuring Well-defined Telechelic Building Blocks

Elizabeth Elacqua, Anna Croom, Kylie B. Manning, Scott K. Pomarico, Diane Lye, Lauren Young, Marcus Weck

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We report supramolecular AB diblock copolymers comprised of well-defined telechelic building blocks. Helical motifs, formed via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) or anionic polymerization, are assembled with coil-forming and sheet-featuring blocks obtained via atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) or ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). Interpolymer hydrogen bonding or metal-coordination achieves dynamic diblock architectures featuring hybrid topologies of coils, helices, and/or π-stacked sheets that, on a basic level, mimic protein structural motifs in fully synthetic systems. The intrinsic properties of each block (e.g., circular dichroism and fluorescence) remain unaffected in the wake of self-assembly. This strategy to develop complex synthetic polymer scaffolds from functional building blocks is significant in a field striving to produce architectures reminiscent of biosynthesis, yet fully synthetic in nature. This is the first plug-and-play approach to fabricate hybrid π-sheet/helix, π-sheet/coil, and helix/coil architectures via directional self-assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15873-15878
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume55
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Self assembly
Block copolymers
Anionic polymerization
Atom transfer radical polymerization
Biosynthesis
Ring opening polymerization
Dichroism
Scaffolds
Hydrogen bonds
Polymers
Metals
Fluorescence
Topology
Proteins

Keywords

  • block copolymers
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • supramolecular polymers

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  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers Featuring Well-defined Telechelic Building Blocks. / Elacqua, Elizabeth; Croom, Anna; Manning, Kylie B.; Pomarico, Scott K.; Lye, Diane; Young, Lauren; Weck, Marcus.

In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol. 55, No. 51, 2016, p. 15873-15878.

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Elacqua, Elizabeth ; Croom, Anna ; Manning, Kylie B. ; Pomarico, Scott K. ; Lye, Diane ; Young, Lauren ; Weck, Marcus. / Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers Featuring Well-defined Telechelic Building Blocks. In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 51. pp. 15873-15878.
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