Yiheng Dai, Zhiheng Zhang, Mathias Daniels, Yu Bao, Jun Guan, Shenghan Zhang, Ruihao Zhou, Yizheng Tan, Lichen Liu, Hai Xiao, Shuxun Cui, Huaping Xu*
Chem; 2023, 9, 2006.
In contrast to other main group elements, group VI elements are rarely observed to form long linear polymer main chains. We reported the synthesis and characterizations of polytelluoxane, a polymer with an inorganic main chain that constitutes tellurium and oxygen, which may bridge the gap between inorganic oxides and macromolecules. Polytelluoxane has a flexible Te–O backbone and can be facilely synthesized and further processed into macroscopic materials. Because of its unique molecular structure, polytelluoxane is a transparency ultraviolet protection optical material and reveals a photocatalytic activity comparable with commercial catalysts. Moreover, polytelluoxane exhibited effective closed-loop recyclability, with a recycle efficiency of approximately 90% and a recycle number exceeding 10. This work provided a prospective candidate for the development of flexible polymer devices and sustainable functional materials.