Special Issue "Precision Polymer Synthesis"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2015)
The advent of controlled polymerization techniques in the last few decades has truly revolutionized synthetic polymer chemistry. With the contemporary toolbox of synthetic methods at hand, a large variety of materials can be accessed and the frontier in research has been shifted from the pure design of complex macromolecular structures towards materials with biological precision. Macromolecules can contain encoded information via sequence control (e.g., sequences of small polydisperse segments of true monomer sequences) or can exert complex behaviors, such as chain folding, the formation of tertiary structures or generally, the formation of complex single-chain nanoparticles. Development of such materials requires highly precise methods in synthesis, in-depth studies on the physical properties of the macromolecules, and high-level characterization of products. Even though precise polymer synthesis is still a young field of exploration, developments are fast and new generations of synthetic materials are rapidly evolving and are becoming closer and closer in structure, shape, and function to biomacromolecules.
This Special Issue focuses on the latest achievements in the field of precision polymer synthesis with respect to the development of polymeric materials that match or advance biological precision and function. Therefore, we will highlight topics concerning the synthesis of complex polymers, their physical properties, their ability to fold and arrange themselves, and the characterization of such materials with state-of-the-art methodologies.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Junkers
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- sequence control
- controlled polymerization
- multiblock copolymers
- single-molecule nanoparticles
- chain folding