Functional Metallosupramolecular Materials
CHAPTER 4: Functional Materials Based on Metal-Containing Polymers
Published:13 Jul 2015
Since the dawn of human civilization, there has been a demand for materials that include ceramics, metals, and polymers. Increasing demand as well as the need for enhanced performance has driven material scientists to research metal-containing polymers as complements of these materials. Consequently, metal-containing polymers that integrate the excellent thermal, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of metals with the lightweight, low cost, and in some cases, the chemical stability of organic-based polymers have been designed, and used as catalysts, sensors, ceramic precursors, magnetic materials, and electrical conductors. This chapter provides an overview of some of these functional metal-containing polymers.