One-step multifunctionalization of random copolymers via self-assembly

J Am Chem Soc. 2004 Jan 21;126(2):563-7. doi: 10.1021/ja0372715.


A novel methodology for random copolymer functionalization based on a noncovalent, one-step, multifunctionalization strategy has been developed. Random copolymers possessing both palladated-pincer complexes and diaminopyridine moieties (hydrogen-bonding entities) have been synthesized using ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Noncovalent functionalization of the resultant copolymers is accomplished via (1) directed self-assembly, (2) multistep self-assembly, and (3) one-step orthogonal self-assembly. This system shows complete specificity of each recognition motif for its complementary unit, with no observable changes in the association constants regardless of the degree of functionalization.