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Functional polymers through mechanochemistry

Schrettl, Stephen ; Balkenendea, Diederik W. R. ; Calvino, Céline ; Karman, Marc ; Lavrenova, Anna ; Neumann, Laura N. ; Sagaraa, Yoshimitsu ; Verde-Sestoa, Ester ; Giannantonio, Michela di ; Simon, Yoan C. ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Lattuada, Marco ; Weder, Christoph

In: CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 2019, vol. 73, no. 1, p. 7–11

While coupling mechanical and chemical processes is widespread in living organisms, the idea to harness the mechanically induced dissociation of weak covalent and non- covalent bonds to create artificial materials that respond to mechanical stimulation has only recently gained attention. Here we summarize our activities that mainly revolve around the exploitation of non-covalent interactions...

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A Thermo‐ and mechanoresponsive cyano‐substituted oligo(p‐phenylene vinylene) derivative with five emissive states

Sagara, Yoshimitsu ; Lavrenova, Anna ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Simon, Yoan C. ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Weder, Christoph

In: Chemistry - A European Journal, 2016, vol. 22, no. 13, p. 4374–4378

Multiresponsive materials that display predefined photoluminescence color changes upon exposure to different stimuli are attractive candidates for advanced sensing schemes. Herein, we report a cyano-substituted oligo(p-phenylene vinylene) (cyano-OPV) derivative that forms five different solvent-free solid-state molecular assemblies, luminescence properties of which change upon thermal and...

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Visualization of polymer deformation using microcapsules filled with charge-transfer complex precursors

Lavrenova, Anna ; Farkas, Jacob ; Weder, Christoph ; Simon, Yoan C.

In: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, vol. 7, no. 39, p. 21828–21834

The visualization of polymer deformation using microcapsules filled with charge- transfer complex precursors is reported. Poly(urea-formaldehyde) microcapsules filled with toluene and either hexamethylbenzene as donor or chloranil as acceptor were prepared by in situ polymerization of an oil-in-water emulsion. The resulting microcapsules were incorporated in a poly(dimethylsiloxane) matrix by...