Using Metallo-Supramolecular Block Copolymers for the Synthesis of Higher Order Nanostructured Assemblies

Authors

  • Adam O. Moughton,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ, UK
    2. Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
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  • Rachel K. O'Reilly

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    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ, UK
    2. Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ, UK
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Abstract

Many research groups have explored the properties and solution self-assembly of main chain metallo-supramolecular multiblock copolymers. Until recently, these metal complexes have been used to prepare mainly micelle type structures. However, the self-assembly of such copolymers has been exploited further to create more advanced architectures which utilize the reversible supramolecular linkage of their building blocks as a key component in their synthesis. Furthermore, the incorporation of multiple orthogonal interactions and stimuli responsive polymers into their design, enables more precise external control of their properties. This feature article discusses recent developments and provides an insight into their potential exploitation and development for the creation of novel, smart, and responsive nanostructures.

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