Molecular weaving

Zhi Hui Zhang, Björn J. Andreassen, David P. August, David A. Leigh*, Liang Zhang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Historically, the interlacing of strands at the molecular level has mainly been limited to coordination polymers and DNA. Despite being proposed on a number of occasions, the direct, bottom-up assembly of molecular building blocks into woven organic polymers remained an aspirational, but elusive, target for several decades. However, recent successes in two-dimensional and three-dimensional molecular-level weaving now offer new opportunities and research directions at the interface of polymer science and molecular nanotopology. This Perspective provides an overview of the features and potential of the periodic nanoscale weaving of polymer chains, distinguishing it from randomly entangled polymer networks and rigid crystalline frameworks. We review the background and experimental progress so far, and conclude by considering the potential of molecular weaving and outline some of the current and future challenges in this emerging field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalNature Materials
Issue number3
Early online date3 Feb 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Feb 2022


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