Volume 95 Issue 12 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 20, 2017 | Web Date: March 16, 2017

Metallopolymers now feature switchable personalities

Polynickelocene is first metallocene-based polymer that chemists can change from a stable state to a dynamic one
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: polymers, metallopolymer, metallocene

Metal-based polymers have unique properties that make them suited for applications such as gels that change shape on oxidation or “self-healing” materials. Some of these properties arise from the bonding between metal ions and ligands in the metallopolymers. The interactions normally involve one of two extremes: persistent covalent bonding, in which the polymers are stable, or labile coordination bonding, in which the polymer properties can be easily manipulated by solvent, heat, or light.

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