Aratsu, K, Takeya, R, Pauw, BR, Hollamby, MJ, Kitamoto, Y, Shimizu, N, Takagi, H, Haruki, R, Adachi, S-I and Yagai, S (2020) Supramolecular copolymerization driven by integrative self-sorting of hydrogen-bonded rosettes. Nature Communications, 11 (1). ISSN 2041-1723

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Molecular recognition to preorganize noncovalently polymerizable supramolecular complexes is a characteristic process of natural supramolecular polymers, and such recognition processes allow for dynamic self-alteration, yielding complex polymer systems with extraordinarily high efficiency in their targeted function. We herein show an example of such molecular recognition-controlled kinetic assembly/disassembly processes within artificial supramolecular polymer systems using six-membered hydrogen-bonded supramolecular complexes (rosettes). Electron-rich and poor monomers are prepared that kinetically coassemble through a temperature-controlled protocol into amorphous coaggregates comprising a diverse mixture of rosettes. Over days, the electrostatic interaction between two monomers induces an integrative self-sorting of rosettes. While the electron-rich monomer inherently forms toroidal homopolymers, the additional electrostatic interaction that can also guide rosette association allows helicoidal growth of supramolecular copolymers that are comprised of an alternating array of two monomers. Upon heating, the helicoidal copolymers undergo a catastrophic transition into amorphous coaggregates via entropy-driven randomization of the monomers in the rosette.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Polymer synthesis; Supramolecular polymers
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 15:44
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 14:42

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