Network formation in an orthogonally self-assembling system

T. Mes, M.M.E Koenigs, V.F. Scalfani, T.B Bailey, A.R.A. Palmans, E.W. Meijer

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Many supramolecular motifs self-assemble into nanorods, forming the basis of the mechanical properties of supramolecular polymers. When integrated as end-caps in a bifunctional telechelic polymer, the motifs can phase segregate into the same or into another nanorod. In the latter case, a functional cross-link is formed by the bridging chain that strengthens the polymer network. This study introduces a supramolecular polymeric system that consists of two different nanorod forming supramolecular motifs. When end-capped to monofunctional polymers, these supramolecular motifs self-assemble in an orthogonal fashion in two separate types of noncross-linked nanorods, resulting in a viscous liquid lacking macroscopic properties. The addition of 15 mol % of an a,¿-telechelic polymer containing both supramolecular motifs, each on one end, transforms this viscous sticky liquid to a solid material with elastomeric properties due to network formation between the two types of nanorods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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