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Polymer mechanochemistry

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The use of mechanical force to break and build chemical bonds in polymers can enable transformations that cannot be conducted using stimuli such as light and heat. Now, an insulating polymer has been mechanically unzipped to create a semiconducting polymer with extended regions of conjugation.

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Figure 1: Strategy and implementation of the mechanochemical conversion of an insulating polymer into a semiconducting polymer.

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Craig, S. Up another rung. Nature Chem 9, 1154–1155 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2902

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