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Keywords:

  • 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.

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