Shape-Memory Metallopolymer Networks Based on a Triazole–Pyridine Ligand


Shape memory polymers represent an interesting class of stimuli-responsive polymers. With their ability to memorize and recover their original shape, they could be useful in almost every area of our daily life. We herein present the synthesis of shape-memory metallopolymers in which the switching unit is designed by using bis(pyridine–triazole) metal complexes. The polymer networks were synthesized via free radical polymerization of methyl-, ethyl- or butyl-methacrylate, tri(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate and a methacrylate moiety of the triazole–pyridine ligand. By the addition of zinc(II) or cobalt(II) acetate it was possible to achieve metallopolymer networks featuring shape-memory abilities. The successful formation of the metal-ligand complex was proven by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Furthermore, the shape-recovery behavior was studied in detailed fashion and even triple-shape memory behavior could be revealed.

shape-memory polymer, metallopolymer, triazole-pyridine-metal complex, stimuli responsive polymer
Meurer, J., Hniopek, J., Zechel, S., Enke, M., Vitz, J., Schmitt, M., et al. (2019). Shape-Memory Metallopolymer Networks Based on a Triazole–Pyridine Ligand (Version publishedVersion, Vol. 11). Version publishedVersion, Vol. 11. Basel : MDPI.