Mechanochemistry in Polymers with Supramolecular Mechanophores

  • Alexander P. Haehnel
  • Yoshimitsu Sagara
  • Yoan C. SimonEmail author
  • Christoph WederEmail author
Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 369)


Mechanochemistry is a burgeoning field of materials science. Inspired by nature, many scientists have looked at different ways to introduce weak bonds into polymeric materials to impart them with function and in particular mechano-responsiveness. In the following sections, the incorporation of some of the weakest bonds, i.e. non-covalent bonds, into polymeric solids is being surveyed. This review covers sequentially π–π interactions, H-bonding and metal-ligand coordination bonds and tries to highlight some of the advantages and limitations of such systems, while providing some key perspective of what may come next in this tantalizing field.


Mechanochemistry π–π interactions H-bonding Metal-ligand Non-covalent Solid polymers 



This work was supported by the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials, a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The authors acknowledge further support from the U.S. Army Research Office (W911NF-12-1-0339), the Swiss National Science Foundation (Grant No. 135405 and 152968), the European Research Council (ERC-2011-AdG 291490-MERESPO), and the Adolphe Merkle Foundation. Y.S. acknowledges JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad.


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  1. 1.Adolphe Merkle InstituteUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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