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Frontispiece: Synthesis of Ladder Polymers: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities

Frontispiece: Synthesis of Ladder Polymers: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities
Yew Chin Teo, Yan Xia, Holden W. H. Lai
Building macromolecular ladders is an intriguing and rewarding challenge for chemists. Interesting and unusual properties often arise from the highly restrictive conformations of both kinked non-conjugated ladder polymers and planar conjugated ladder polymers. Two general strategies have been pursued for their syntheses: direct ladder polymerization and zipping of a linear prepolymer. To minimize non-ladder structural defects, highly (ideally exclusively) selective and efficient chemistry for ladder formation is required. In their Concept article on page 14101 ff., Y. Xia et al. outline the synthetic approaches, challenges, and opportunities for the synthesis of ladder polymers to stimulate further interest in such unconventional rigid polymers.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/chem.201785761

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