Supramolecular Polymerization from Controllable Fabrication to Living Polymerization

Zehuan Huang, Bo Qin, Linghui Chen, Jiang-Fei Xu, Charl FJ Faul, Xi Zhang

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Supramolecular polymers have attracted lots of interests in the scientific community; however, developing controllable methods of supramolecular polymerization remains a big challenge. This article reviews some recent developments of methods for supramolecular polymerization from controllable fabrication to living polymerization. Three facile methods with general applicability for controllable fabrication of supramolecular polymers have been established recently: the first method is a self-sorting approach by manipulating ring–chain equilibrium based on noncovalent control over rigidity of monomers; the second is the covalent polymerization from supramonomers formed by noncovalent interactions; and the third is supramolecular interfacial polymerization. More excitingly, living supramolecular polymerization has been achieved by two elegant strategies, including seeded supramolecular polymerization under pathway complexity control and chain-growth supramolecular polymerization by metastable monomers. It is anticipated that this review may provide some guidance for precise fabrication of supramolecular polymers, leading to the construction of supramolecular polymeric materials with controllable architectures and functions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1700312
Number of pages12
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number17
Early online date28 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


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