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Metallo/clusto hybridized supramolecular polymers

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The introduction of metal centers to a supramolecular polymer system is an important approach to fabricate hybrid supramolecular polymers with synergistic properties between their inorganic and organic components, which is mainly realized through two strategies: one is the embedment of metal ions through metal–ligand coordination to form metallo-supramolecular polymers (MSPs); the other is using metal-containing clusters as hybrid building blocks to prepare clusto-supramolecular polymers (CSPs). The available paradigms of MSPs and CSPs not only exhibit the unique functions of metal centers but also hold the good processing ability and the stimuli-responsibility of dynamically bonded polymeric structures, thus representing a new class of hybrid soft materials. In this review, the development and recent progress of MSPs and CSPs are discussed in detail, including their structure design, synthetic procedures and related properties. Finally, challenges and potential areas in metal-containing supramolecular polymers are outlooked.

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The article was received on 30 Jul 2014, accepted on 15 Sep 2014 and first published on 17 Sep 2014

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4SM01684J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2014,10, 9038-9053
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    Metallo/clusto hybridized supramolecular polymers

    H. Li and L. Wu, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 9038
    DOI: 10.1039/C4SM01684J

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