1. Introduction

  1. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz1,
  2. Charles E. Carraher Jr.2,
  3. Charles U. Pittman Jr.3,
  4. John E. Sheats4 and
  5. Martel Zeldin5

Published Online: 30 SEP 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047146659X.ch1

Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements: A Half-Century of Metal- and Metalloid-Containing Polymers, Volume 1

Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements: A Half-Century of Metal- and Metalloid-Containing Polymers, Volume 1

How to Cite

Abd-El-Aziz, A. S., Carraher, C. E., Pittman, C. U., Sheats, J. E. and Zeldin, M. (2003) Introduction, in Macromolecules Containing Metal and Metal-Like Elements: A Half-Century of Metal- and Metalloid-Containing Polymers, Volume 1, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/047146659X.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA

  4. 4

    Department of Chemistry, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA

  5. 5

    Department of Chemistry, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 SEP 2003
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471458326

Online ISBN: 9780471466598

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Keywords:

  • branched polymers;
  • chain-growth polymerization;
  • metal-containing polymers (macromolecules);
  • metal coordination polymers (macromolecules);
  • metalloid-containing polymers (macromolecules);
  • organometallic polymers (macromolecules);
  • polysiloxanes;
  • ring-opening polymerization;
  • step-wise polymerization

Summary

Vast arrays of metal-containing polymers have been produced that offer a wide variety of properties. Key milestones in the history of this diverse topic and a sense of its growth and importance are discussed in this chapter. While initial efforts focused on polysiloxanes, today's efforts are quite diverse and include the production of multi-site catalysts, variable oxidation state materials, smart materials where the precise structure can be changed through the introduction of different counterions, etc. These polymers have been produced by all of the well-established polymerization methodologies. The metal atoms reside as part of the macromolecular backbone, in side-chains, coordinated to the backbone, and as integral parts of dendrites, stars, and rods. Truly, many of tomorrow's critically important materials will have metal atoms as an integral part of the polymer framework, which will allow the materials to function as demanded.