Research ArticlePOLYMERS

Polymerization of a divalent/tetravalent metal-storing atom-mimicking dendrimer

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Science Advances  02 Dec 2016:
Vol. 2, no. 12, e1601414
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601414


The phenylazomethine dendrimer (DPA) has a layer-by-layer electron density gradient that is an analog of the Bohr atom (atom mimicry). In combination with electron pair mimicry, the polymerization of this atom-mimicking dendrimer was achieved. The valency of the mimicked atom was controlled by changing the chemical structure of the dendrimer. By mimicking a divalent atom, a one-dimensional (1D) polymer was obtained, and by using a planar tetravalent atom mimic, a 2D polymer was obtained. These poly(dendrimer) polymers could store Lewis acids (SnCl2) in their unoccupied orbitals, thus indicating that these poly(dendrimer) polymers consist of a series of nanocontainers.

  • Dendrimer polymer
  • supramolecule
  • metal-assembling

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