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Aggregation-Driven Reversible Formation of Conjugated Polymers in Water

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  • Dainius Janeliunas,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Patrick van Rijn,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Job Boekhoven,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Christophe B. Minkenberg,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • Prof. Dr. Jan H. van Esch,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Rienk Eelkema

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    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL, Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • We are grateful to Lars van der Mee for his help with the synthesis, and Joost L. J. van Dongen and Prof. Luc Brunsveld (Eindhoven University of Technology) for GPC and MALDI-TOF analyses. This work was supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO Vici and Veni grants) and the European Commission (Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant).

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Come together: Self-assembly can drive the formation of conjugated imine polymers in water, and stabilization of otherwise unstable imine bonds is used to obtain fully π-conjugated, responsive dynamic covalent polyimines in aqueous environments. Both the optical properties and the aggregate morphology can be tuned by varying the aromatic monomers.

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