PerspectiveMaterials Science

Putting Metals into Polymers

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Science  23 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5547, pp. 1664-1666
DOI: 10.1126/science.1066321

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>From magnetic storage to catalysts, the useful properties of many materials can be traced back to the presence of metallic elements. But introducing metals into polymers has been a synthetic challenge. In his Perspective, Manners describes recent progress toward polymers in which metallic elements act as structural components. Such metal-based polymers show promise for example as sensors and in electronic and magnetic applications.