Supramolecular polymer containing monomeric units that form H-bridges with one another, the H-bridge-forming monomeric units in pairs forming at least 4 H-bridges with one another. Preferably, the H-bridge-forming monomeric units are self-complementary and constitute an essentially flat structure. Polymers according to the invention may be composed in several ways. The polymers may consist substantially of H-bridge-forming monomeric units with a low molecular weight, as a result of which an essentially linear polymer may be formed; also conceivable on the other hand are (essentially linear) polymers in which the H-bridge-forming monomeric units are linked to 2 ends of the polymers so that polymeric chains are linked to one another via the H-bridges. In addition, a number of H-bridge-forming monomeric units can be grafted onto polymers, so that a form of cross-linking via H-bridges may be obtained.
|Published - 9 Apr 1998