Metallacycle/metallacage-cored supramolecular networks

Ruoqian Zhang, Rongrong Li, Feihe Huang, Mingming Zhang

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Supramolecular networks often possess good dynamic features but suffer from low mechanical properties. Supramolecular coordination complexes including metallacycles and metallacages have rigid chemical structures and tunable cavities but often lack processability. Therefore, the reasonable integration of these two types of supramolecular structures into metallacycle/metallacage-cored supramolecular networks will reduce the shortcomings of both structures and offer intriguing properties for diverse applications. This review summarizes the progress of metallacycle/metallacage-cored networks according to the covalent or non-covalent interactions used to connect these metallacycles and metallacages. In each part, the structures, properties, functions and applications of such supramolecular networks are described in detail, in order to demonstrate the most exciting achievements in this emerging area. The remaining challenges and perspectives are also given at the end of this review. We hope this review can give our readers a snapshot on metallacycle/metallacage-cored supramolecular networks and attract more scientists to devote into this promising field.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101680
JournalProgress in Polymer Science
StatePublished - Apr 29 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-05-24
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2019-CRG8-4032
Acknowledgements: R. Zhang thanks the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2021M702588) and Shaanxi Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (2023-JC-QN-0105) for finical support. M. Zhang thanks the National Natural Science Foundation of China (22171219 and 22222112), Innovation Talent Promotion Plan of Shaanxi Province for Science and Technology Innovation Team (2023-CX-TD-51) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities for finical support. F. Huang acknowledges National Key Research and Development Program of China (2021YFA0910100), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (22035006), the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (LD21B020001), the Starry Night Science Fund of Zhejiang University Shanghai Institute for Advanced Study (SN-ZJU-SIAS-006), and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Office of Sponsored Research (OSR-2019-CRG8-4032) for finical support.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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