Studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. He received his German Masters Degree in 1980 while working on synthetic and mechanistic aspects of strained olefins, and his Ph.D. in 1984 for work on benzvalene chemistry and on investigations of aggregation phenomena of lithium–organic species in solution in the group of Prof. G. Szeimies. As a scholar of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft he spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley, in the group of Prof. K. P. C. Vollhardt working on cobalt clusters and their electrochemistry. In 1986 he spent a short time with Prof. W. J. Feast, Durham, U.K., where he had his first contact to polymer synthesis. Also in 1986 he joined the staff at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, where he is presently holding a senior position and runs a research group in preparative macromolecular chemistry. He has recently been awarded the Dozentenstipendiun of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.
Ladder Polymers: The new generation†
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2004
Copyright © 1991 Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 3, Issue 6, pages 282–291, June 1991
How to Cite
Schlüter, A.-D. (1991), Ladder Polymers: The new generation. Adv. Mater., 3: 282–291. doi: 10.1002/adma.19910030603
I would like to thank my coworkers Dr. K. Blatter, A. Godt and T. Vogel for fruitful and enjoyable cooperation, and Prof. G. Wegner, Mainz, for his continuous interest in, and optimal support of our work. Thanks are due to Dr. V. Enkelmann for providing many X-ray structures, Dr. M. Schmidt and his team for carrying out hundreds of polymer-analytical measurements and occasional help with interpretations, A. Wagner for very skilful technical assistance, N. Egger for recording the CPMAS 13C-NMR spectra, Dr. B. Schürmann for helping us with the INSIGHT computer program, and last but not least Profs. K. Müllen, Mainz, D. Davidov, Jerusalem, and Y. Cohen, Haifa, for helpful discussions. Financial support of this work by the Bundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie (Project: “Planar Systems”) is gratefully acknowledged.
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2004
- Article first published online: 15 SEP 2004
- Manuscript Received: 3 SEP 1990
- Diels–Alder Polymerization;
- Solubility Effects;
- Molecular Structure;
- Graphitic Ribbons
Review: Polymers with high thermal, mechanical, and chemical stability based on a ladder-type structure (see figure), have suffered in the past from insolubility or infusibility. A new strategy for the controlled synthesis of processible ladder polymers, based on Diels-Alder polymerization is reviewed, and the polymers considered as precursors to graphite ribbons, materials predicted to have properties lying between graphite and single-stranded polyacetylene.