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Dendronized supramolecular polymers

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Supramolecular polymers formed from topological building blocks pave a new avenue for creating novel supramolecular structures and functional materials. Dendronized supramolecular polymers (DSPs) combine the topological characteristics of dendronized polymers and a dynamic nature from supramolecular chemistry, and are promising for the formation of supramolecular structures and functional assemblies. These topological supramolecular polymers have a characteristic cylindrical shape, high rigidity, multivalency, as well as inherent thickness. These structural characteristics make them ideal candidates for supramolecular assembly. DSPs can be formed through non-covalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, π–π stacking, and metal coordination, and classified into main-chain, side-chain and block types. This feature article will summarize methodologies for the preparation of homo- and block DSPs with a focus on their supramolecular structure formation. Particular attention is put on the structural effects of DSPs on their supramolecular assembly.

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27 Apr 2014
25 Jun 2014
First published
25 Jun 2014

Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 12221-12233
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Feature Article
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Dendronized supramolecular polymers

J. Yan, W. Li and A. Zhang, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 12221
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03119A

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