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The role of the secondary structure of helical poly(phenylacetylene)s in the formation of nanoparticles from polymer–metal complexes (HPMCs)

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Abstract

The great importance of the secondary structure (compressed/stretched) of helical poly(phenylacetylene)s (PPAs) in the formation of nanostructures (nanospheres and nanotoroids) by complexation with metal ions of diverse valences is demonstrated. PPAs bearing the same chelating units [anilide of (R)-methoxyphenylacetic acid] but displaying different helical scaffolds show great differences in their nanostructuration due to the different secondary structures of their helices despite the analogous ways in which their mono- and divalent metal ions form complexes. This key 3-D structural feature has not been taken into account previously when studying the nanostructuration of helical polymer–metal complexes (HPMCs).

Graphical abstract: The role of the secondary structure of helical poly(phenylacetylene)s in the formation of nanoparticles from polymer–metal complexes (HPMCs)

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The article was received on 04 Jul 2017, accepted on 11 Aug 2017 and first published on 14 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR04829G
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017, Advance Article
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    The role of the secondary structure of helical poly(phenylacetylene)s in the formation of nanoparticles from polymer–metal complexes (HPMCs)

    R. Rodríguez, S. Arias, E. Quiñoá, R. Riguera and F. Freire, Nanoscale, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR04829G

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