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Functional soft materials from metallopolymers and metallosupramolecular polymers.
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PMID:  21336298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Synthetic polymers containing metal centres are emerging as an interesting and broad class of easily processable materials with properties and functions that complement those of state-of-the-art organic macromolecular materials. A diverse range of different metal centres can be harnessed to tune macromolecular properties, from transition- and main-group metals to lanthanides. Moreover, the linkages that bind the metal centres can vary almost continuously from strong, essentially covalent bonds that lead to irreversible or 'static' binding of the metal to weak and labile, non-covalent coordination interactions that allow for reversible, 'dynamic' or 'metallosupramolecular', binding. Here we review recent advances and challenges in the field and illustrate developments towards applications as emissive and photovoltaic materials; as optical limiters; in nanoelectronics, information storage, nanopatterning and sensing; as macromolecular catalysts and artificial enzymes; and as stimuli-responsive materials. We focus on materials in which the metal centres provide function; although they can also play a structural role, systems where this is solely their purpose have not been discussed.
George R Whittell; Martin D Hager; Ulrich S Schubert; Ian Manners
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature materials     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1476-1122     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat Mater     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101155473     Medline TA:  Nat Mater     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  176-88     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS, UK.
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