An Effective Approach for Preparing Supramolecular Polymers at High Concentration
Supramolecular polymers (SPs) are expected to be used as highly recyclable polymer materials. However, their application is hindered by the low solubility of monomer compounds associated with the formation of a crystalline polymorphic state. To address this, researchers from Japan employed a supramolecular coformer capable of deteriorating the structural order of the insoluble polymorph through co-aggregation with the parent molecule. Mixing the two molecules resulted in significant solubility enhancement of the parent compound, leading to the preparation of SPs at high concentrations. Going ahead, this approach can contribute to the large-scale production of SPs for evaluating their functionalities and applications.