Macromolecules containing metal ions (metallo-polymers) represent a highly exciting field of research both from an academic and an industrial point of view. In conjunction with supramolecular chemistry a variety of potential applications might become feasible: the development of tomorrow’s data storage, the use of different metal ions that can capture light with a polymeric matrix and can be easily painted onto a surface, or the creation of tomorrow’s television screen that can simply be sprayed onto a smooth surface. Before the realization of such ideas becomes reality for industrial production a more fundamental understanding of suitable building blocks, their characterization and self-assembling processes is necessary.
Ian Manners (University of Bristol), George Newkome (University of Akron), as well as Stephanie and Ulrich Schubert (University of Jena) have assembled an impressive collection of contributions to the field in the current issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications. On top of that, a selection of full papers can be found in a section in Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics.
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- The editorial by the guest-editors provides a nice overview about the challenges and possibilities in the area of metallo-polymers.
- Chris Weder and co-workers present the fabrication of dye-doped cross-linked rubbery nanoparticles with light upconversion properties even at relatively low power densities.
- Mark G. Humphrey and colleagues investigate a divergent synthesis of ruthenium alkynyl dendrimers displaying an NLO dendritic effect.
- Malcolm H. Chisholm’s presents a cutting-edge study on incorporating metal-metal quadruple bonds into conjugated organic oligomers.
Interested readers should also refer to the related book by Ulrich S. Schubert, Andreas Winter, George R. Newkome.