DOI: 10.1002/ange.202318368 ISSN: 0044-8249

Assembly and Utility of a Drawstring‐Mimetic Supramolecular Complex

Xiangyu Dong, Zhaoming Zhang, Hongyan Xiao, Guoquan Liu, Sheng-Nan Lei, Zhao Wang, Xuzhou Yan, Shutao Wang, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu, Huan Cong
  • General Medicine

Inspired by the drawstring structure in daily life, here we report the development of a drawstring‐mimetic supramolecular complex at the molecular scale. This complex consists of a rigid figure‐of‐eight macrocyclic host molecule and a flexible linear guest molecule which could interact through three‐point non‐covalent binding to form a highly selective and efficient host–guest assembly. The complex not only resembles the drawstring structure, but also mimics the properties of a drawstring with regard to deformations under external forces. The supramolecular drawstring can be utilized as an interlocked crosslinker for poly(methyl acrylate), and the corresponding polymer samples exhibit comprehensive enhancement of macroscopic mechanical performance including stiffness, strength, and toughness.

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