Reversible Polymerization Techniques Leading to π-Stacked Polymers

  • Andrea Cappelli
  • Marco Paolino
  • Giorgio Grisci
  • Germano Giuliani
  • Alessandro Donati
  • Antonella Caterina Boccia
  • Filippo Samperi
  • Raniero Mendichi
  • Salvatore Vomero


Serendipity has often played a pivotal role in research and, in harmony with this function, it has had a fundamental responsibility in the discovery of the thermoreversible spontaneous polymerization of benzofulvene derivatives. After a decade from the discovery of poly-BF1, the present chapter narrates the history of polybenzofulvene derivatives from the discovery to the latest developments. Now that more than 50 polymers belonging to this family have been synthesized and the relevant studies have been published in the most important journals dealing with polymer science, the spontaneous polymerization of benzofulvene monomers and the special features of the corresponding polymers appear to become a well-established topic. The chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the literature on the subject, from the preparation methods to the characterization of polybenzofulvene derivatives, the study of their properties, and the evaluation of the possible applications.


Differential Scanning Calorimetry Curve Monomeric Unit Anionic Polymerization Apparent Equilibrium Exocyclic Double Bond 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Cappelli
    • 1
  • Marco Paolino
    • 1
  • Giorgio Grisci
    • 1
  • Germano Giuliani
    • 1
  • Alessandro Donati
    • 1
  • Antonella Caterina Boccia
    • 2
  • Filippo Samperi
    • 3
  • Raniero Mendichi
    • 2
  • Salvatore Vomero
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento Farmaco Chimico Tecnologico and European Research Centre for Drug Discovery and DevelopmentUniversità degli Studi di SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto per lo Studio delle Macromolecole (CNR)MilanoItaly
  3. 3.Istituto di Chimica e Tecnologia dei Polimeri (CNR)CataniaItaly

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