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1. (WO2017157310) LIVING SUPRAMOLECULAR POLYMERS, POLYMERIZATION METHOD THEREFOR AND APPLICATION THEREOF

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/157310    International Application No.:    PCT/CN2017/076887
Publication Date: Fri Sep 22 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Mar 17 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: C08G 79/00
C08J 3/03
Applicants: THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Inventors: YAM, Wing-Wah, Vivian
ZHANG, Kaka
LEUNG, Yu Lut
YEUNG, Ching Lam, Margaret
CHAN, Kwun Wa
Title: LIVING SUPRAMOLECULAR POLYMERS, POLYMERIZATION METHOD THEREFOR AND APPLICATION THEREOF
Abstract:
A supramolecular polymer with living characteristics is provided based on small molecules or metal complexes of a planar or linear geometry and a polymer. The small molecules are solvophobic and can associate or assemble with each other through non-covalent interactions such as but not limited to metal–metal, π–π, hydrogen-bonding, and/or solvophobic–solvophobic interactions, in the modulation of the polymer. The polymer has affinity to the medium (e.g., solvent) and still interacts with the small molecules via non-covalent interactions such as electrostatic attractions to stabilize the associated/assembled small molecules. Varying the composition and/or length of the polymer can modulate the dimensions of the supramolecular polymer and the nanostructures therefrom. The two-or multi-component supramolecular polymer has active ends to support further supramolecular polymerization upon addition of small molecules of a planar or linear geometry. A process of two-component living supramolecular polymerization is also provided.