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Supramolecular polymerization of supramonomers: a way for fabricating supramolecular polymers

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Abstract

This communication describes a new method of fabricating supramolecular polymers through supramolecular polymerization of supramonomers. To mix building blocks of Phe-Gly-Gly linked with an azobenzene group and cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) in a molar ratio of 2 : 1 in aqueous solutions, supramonomers were obtained by host–guest interaction between tripeptide and CB[8]. Then supramolecular polymers were formed spontaneously by mixing the supramonomers with bis-β-cyclodextrins in a molar ratio of 1 : 1 in an aqueous solution through noncovalent host–guest complexation of the azobenzene group and β-cyclodextrin. Considering that various noncovalent interactions can be used to drive the formation of supramonomers and the supramolecular polymerization of the supramonomers, this study can enrich the methodology of fabricating supramolecular polymers.

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Submitted
09 Jul 2014
Accepted
15 Jul 2014
First published
16 Jul 2014

Polym. Chem., 2014,5, 5895-5899
Article type
Communication
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Supramolecular polymerization of supramonomers: a way for fabricating supramolecular polymers

Q. Song, F. Li, X. Tan, L. Yang, Z. Wang and X. Zhang, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 5895
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00942H

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