Copolymer-supported metal complexes capable of binding dioxygen

James H. Cameron, Stephen Graham, Heather B. Harvey, John J. Liggat, Anthony McKee, Ian Soutar, Elinor L. Scott

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Polymer-supported cobalt(II) 'lacunar' complexes undergo reversible oxygenation with enhanced stability to autoxidation. The use of copolymer supports containing a donor atom capable of covalently binding to the metal centre allows production of solid state systems that display reversible binding of O2 with a half life of the order of 30 days. However, these systems do not function as facilitated transport membranes for enhanced dioxygen separation. Scanning electron microscopy studies indicate this is because the copolymer/complex films show phase separation arising from the charged nature of the lacunar complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • cobalt complex
  • facilitated transport
  • membrane
  • oxygen binding
  • polymer-supported
  • oxygenation
  • molecular oxygen
  • catalytic oxidation
  • cobalt compounds
  • copolymers
  • oxidation
  • phase separation
  • scanning electron microscopy

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