Dynamic Entwined Topology in Helical Covalent Polymers Dictated by Competing Supramolecular Interactions Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractNaturally occurring polymeric structures often consist of 1D polymer chains intricately folded and entwined through non‐covalent bonds, adopting precise topologies crucial for their functionality. The exploration of crystalline 1D polymers through dynamic covalent chemistry (DCvC) and supramolecular interactions represents a novel approach for developing crystalline polymers. This study shows that sub‐angstrom differences in the counter‐ion size can lead to various helical covalent polymer (HCP) topologies, including a novel metal‐coordination HCP (m‐HCP) motif. Single‐crystal X‐ray diffraction (SCXRD) analysis of HCP−Na revealed that double helical pairs are formed by sodium ions coordinating to spiroborate linkages to form rectangular pores. The double helices are interpenetrated by the unreacted diols coordinating sodium ions. The reticulation of the m‐HCP structure was demonstrated by the successful synthesis of HCP−K. Finally, ion‐exchange studies were conducted to show the interconversion between HCP structures. This research illustrates how seemingly simple modifications, such as changes in counter‐ion size, can significantly influence the polymer topology and determine which supramolecular interactions dominate the crystal lattice.

publication date

  • May 13, 2024

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Date in CU Experts

  • April 3, 2024 12:39 PM

Full Author List

  • Wayment LJ; Teat SJ; Huang S; Chen H; Zhang W

author count

  • 5

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0044-8249

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-3757

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