Supramolecular Polymers

Elizabeth Elacqua, Niels Ten Brummelhuis, Marcus Weck

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This chapter reviews main-chain- and side-chain-functionalized supramolecular polymers that were synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization. The polymers are assembled using directional supramolecular interactions, such as H-bonding, M-L coordination, and inclusion complexation, or a combination thereof. Supramolecular main-chain polymers can be formed using several methods. The simplest way is using a single type of monomer containing groups that can homo-dimerize. Side-chain-functionalized supramolecular polymers via olefin metathesis have emerged as modular targets, owing to the ability of metathesis to install a variety of desirable functional groups. Self-complementary H-bonding motifs have been utilized to form supramolecular polymers. Multifunctional supramolecular block copolymers have been prepared from the self-assembly of two end-group- and side-chain-functionalized polymers. Comprehending the self-assembly behavior of polyrotaxanes and exploiting noncovalent interactions can lead to the integration of internal motion (for example, translation, rotation, scissor-like motion) within supramolecular polymer frameworks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVolume 3
Subtitle of host publicationPolymer Synthesis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783527674107
ISBN (Print)9783527334247
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization
  • Main-chain functionalized supramolecular polymers
  • Olefin metathesis
  • Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP)
  • Side-chain-functionalized supramolecular polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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