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Anions as Efficient Chain Stoppers for Hydrogen‐Bonded Supramolecular Polymers

Thomas Pinault 1 Caroline Cannizzo 1 Bruno Andrioletti 2 Guylaine Ducouret 3 François Lequeux 3 Laurent Bouteiller 1
1 LCP - Chimie des polymères
UPMC - Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6, IPCM - Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR7610
Abstract : The chain length of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymers and thus their rheological properties can be controlled by the presence of so-called chain stoppers: these monofunctional monomers are able to interact with the monomers and break the polymer chains. In this letter, we show that the use of anions, strong hydrogen bond competitors, instead of precisely designed complementary units is a very simple approach to tuning the rheology of a bisurea-based hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymer. All of the anions tested were able to break the supramolecular chains, resulting in a dramatic drop in the viscosity of the solutions and were found to be more efficient than a previously described organic stopper. A careful study of the rheological properties of bisurea solutions in the presence of H2PO4,N(C4H9)4 showed that the presence of this ion does not modify the nature of the bisurea supramolecular assembly. For a molar fraction of stopper of only 10−5, the viscosity of bisurea solutions decreases by a factor of 10 as a result of the formation of shorter supramolecular assemblies.
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Thomas Pinault, Caroline Cannizzo, Bruno Andrioletti, Guylaine Ducouret, François Lequeux, et al.. Anions as Efficient Chain Stoppers for Hydrogen‐Bonded Supramolecular Polymers. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2009, 25 (15), pp.8404--8407. ⟨10.1021/la804138u⟩. ⟨hal-01696719⟩



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