Light-Mediated Reversible Assembly of Polymeric Colloids

Elizabeth Elacqua, Xiaolong Zheng, Marcus Weck

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This contribution highlights the functionalization of colloidal particles featuring high-symmetry patches with telechelic block copolymers and subsequent reversible self-assembly of the resulting particles into longer chain and branched structures using host-guest complexation. The 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (TPM)-based anisotropic particles, obtained through a cluster-encapsulation process, consist of poly(styrene) patches and are site-specifically functionalized with block copolymers bearing pendant viologen or azobenzene motifs. Key to the design is the engineering of heterotelechelic α-hydroxy-ω-formyl-poly(norbornene)s via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). The block copolymers feature both main chain anchor points to the particle surface, as well as orthogonal reactive sites for cyanine dye conjugation. The polymeric particles undergo directed and reversible supramolecular assembly in the presence of the host cucurbit[8]uril.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1065
Number of pages6
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 17 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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