Green Light-Responsive CO-Releasing Polymeric Materials Derived from Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization Academic Article uri icon


  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is an important biological gasotransmitter in living cells. Precise spatial and temporal control over release of CO is a major requirement for clinical application. To date, the most reported carbon monoxide releasing materials use expensive fabrication methods and require harmful and poorly designed tissue-penetrating UV irradiation to initiate the CO release precisely at infected sites. Herein, we report the first example of utilizing a green light-responsive CO-releasing polymer P synthesized via ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Both monomer M and polymer P were very stable under dark conditions and CO release was effectively triggered using minimal power and low energy wavelength irradiation (550 nm, ≤28 mW). Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations were carried out to simulate the electronic transition and insight into the nature of the excitations for both L and M. TD-DFT calculations indicate that the absorption peak of M is mainly due to the excitation of the seventh singlet excited state, S7. Furthermore, stretchable materials using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) strips based on P were fabricated to afford P-PTFE, which can be used as a simple, inexpensive, and portable CO storage bandage. Insignificant cytotoxicity as well as cell permeability was found for M and P against human embryonic kidney cells.

author list (cited authors)

  • Gandra, U. R., Sinopoli, A., Moncho, S., NandaKumar, M., Ninković, D. B., Zarić, S. D., ... Bazzi, H. S.

publication date

  • January 1, 2019 11:11 AM