A modular approach toward block copolymers

Mary Nell Higley, Joel M. Pollino, Eric Hollembeak, Marcus Weck

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A novel methodology for the formation of block copolymers has been developed that combines ring- opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) with functional chain-transfer agents (CTAs) and self-assembly. Telechelic homopolymers of cyclooctene derivatives end-functionalized with hydrogen-bonding or metal-coordination sites are formed through the combination of ROMP with a corresponding functional CTA. These telechelic homopolymers are fashioned with a high control over molecular weight and without the need for post-polymerization procedures. The homopolymers undergo fast and efficient self-assembly with their complement homopolymer or small molecule analogue to form block-copolymer architectures. The block copolymers show equivalent association constants as their small mole ule analogues described in the literature, regardless of size or nature of the complementary unit or the polymer side chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2946-2953
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 6 2005


  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Polymers
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Transition metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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