A borinic acid polymer with fluoride ion- and thermo-responsive properties that are tunable over a wide temperature range

Wen Ming Wan, Fei Cheng, Frieder Jaekle

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A new type of smart borinic acid polymer with luminescence and multiple stimuli-responsive properties is reported. In DMSO with small amounts of water, the homopolymer PBA shows a tunable upper critical solution temperature (UCST). As the amount of water increases from 0 to 2.5% (v/v), the UCST rises linearly from 20C to 100C (boiling point of water). Thus, the thermal responsive behavior can be tuned over a wide temperature range. Furthermore, polymer solutions in DMSO show a reversible response to fluoride ions, which can be correlated to the presence of the Lewis acidic borinic acid groups. Upon addition of fluoride, the polymer becomes soluble because the functional R2BOH groups are converted into ionic [R2BF2]- groups, but turns insoluble again upon addition of H2O, which reverses this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8934-8938
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number34
StatePublished - Aug 18 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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