Dynamic behavior of supramolecular comb polymers consisting of poly(2-Vinyl Pyridine) and palladium-pincer surfactants in the solid state

Inbal Davidi, Daniel Hermida-Merino, Keren Keinan-Adamsky, Giuseppe Portale, Gil Goobes*, Roy Shenhar

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Abstract

When poly(2-vinyl pyridine) is combined with Pd-pincer-based organometallic surfactants, a mesomorphic structure forms due to weak stacking interactions between the pyridine units and the Pd-pincer headgroups. The weak binding between the surfactant and the polymer competes with the tendency of the aliphatic tails of the surfactant to crystallize. Here, we demonstrate that over extended periods of incubation, the crystallization tendency of the surfactant tails causes the surfactant molecules to detach from the polymer and gives rise to additional packing modes of the alkyl tails featuring higher crystalline order. The dynamic behavior of these aged structures was investigated by variable-temperature small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and solid-state 13C NMR, and revealed the influence of thermal changes on the molecular level, and how these changes propagate to the mesoscale structure.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6951-6959
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume20
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • comb polymers
  • mesomorphic structures
  • phase separation
  • pincer complexes
  • poly(2-vinyl pyridine)

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