Polymer, Vol.119, 98-106, 2017
Facile synthesis and properties of the chemo-reversible and highly tunable metallogels based on polydicyclopentadiene
We report our study on the facile synthesis of reversible metallogels (metal coordinated polymer network) with tunable crosslinking density and metal ions, and the properties of the metallogels. The metallogels were prepared via non-covalent metal coordination crosslinking of functionalized soluble poly-dicyclopentadiene (sPDCPD). sPDCPD was first synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and functionalized using 3,6-di-2- pyridinyl-1,2,4,5-tetrazine (DPTZ) via the inverse electron-demand Diels-Alder (iEDDA) reaction. The structures of the synthesized macromolecular ligands DPTZ-sPDCPD were characterized by size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transfer infrared spectros-copy (FITR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Subsequently, DPTZ-sPDCPD was crosslinked by adding metal ions, e.g., Zinc or Nickel salts. Using the series of metallogels prepared, we investigated the effects of crosslinking densities, metal ion types, solvent types and polymer concentrations on the rheological properties of the prepared metallogels. We also demonstrated the excellent reversibility of the metallogel via repeated reclamation of the macromolecular ligands and metal coordination. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.