Supramolecular polymers

Supramolecular polymers are polymers in which the monomers are linked through non-covalent interactions such as coordination bonds, π-π interactions or hydrogen bonds.

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    Usually self-healing materials require heat or light as a stimulus which can limit their application. Here the authors show an elastomer with an ionically crosslinked silicone network that quickly self-heals damage in the presence of CO2 gas at standard pressures and room temperature.

    • Yohei Miwa
    • , Kenjiro Taira
    • , Junosuke Kurachi
    • , Taro Udagawa
    •  & Shoichi Kutsumizu
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    The elimination of specific contaminants from high concentrations of competitors poses a significant challenge. Here the authors find that modifying the local environment of the direct contact site alters the interaction of a pyridinium-based anion nanotrap with pertechnetate.

    • Qi Sun
    • , Lin Zhu
    • , Briana Aguila
    • , Praveen K. Thallapally
    • , Chao Xu
    • , Jing Chen
    • , Shuao Wang
    • , David Rogers
    •  & Shengqian Ma
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    Natural leaves can purify water under sunlight through a combination of osmotic pressure, transpiration, and guttation effects. Here the authors design a composite material mimicking these combined effects, achieving sunlight-driven pure water production from brine with high collection rate.

    • Hongya Geng
    • , Qiang Xu
    • , Mingmao Wu
    • , Hongyun Ma
    • , Panpan Zhang
    • , Tiantian Gao
    • , Liangti Qu
    • , Tianbao Ma
    •  & Chun Li
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    Long-chain polyamides could bridge the gap between traditional polyamides and polyethylenes. Here the authors show the preparation of diamide diene monomers derived from natural resources coupled by thiol-ene addition copolymerization to form long-chain amide-containing polymers for the synthesis of ultra-strong elastomers.

    • Lingzhi Song
    • , Tianyu Zhu
    • , Liang Yuan
    • , Jiangjun Zhou
    • , Yaqiong Zhang
    • , Zhongkai Wang
    •  & Chuanbing Tang
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    Self-assembly in nature is dynamic and exists in out-of-equilibrium state and thus systems have the ability to autonomously respond to environmental changes. Here the authors report that input of thermal energy can trigger fixed, artificial toroids to spontaneously nucleate helical growth.

    • Bowen Shen
    • , Youliang Zhu
    • , Yongju Kim
    • , Xiaobin Zhou
    • , Haonan Sun
    • , Zhongyuan Lu
    •  & Myongsoo Lee
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    Helical structures play important roles in biological processes, yet their aggregation into fibres—which can in turn form gels—is poorly understood. Now, the self-assembly of a linear pentakis (urea) peptidomimetic compound into helices that further intertwine into well-defined braided structures has been described and analysed through braid theory. Homochiral gels may be formed by exposing the precursor sol to a chiral material.

    • Christopher D. Jones
    • , Henry T. D. Simmons
    • , Kate E. Horner
    • , Kaiqiang Liu
    • , Richard L. Thompson
    •  & Jonathan W. Steed
    Nature Chemistry 11, 375-381

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