Combinatorial methods, automated synthesis and high-throughput screening in polymer research: Past and present

R. Hoogenboom, M.A.R. Meier, U.S. Schubert

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A review describes polymer research related to high-throughput screening development. Combinatorial techniques, parallel experimentation and high-throughput methods represent a very promising approach in order to speed up the prepn. and investigation of new polymeric materials: a large variety of parameters can be screened simultaneously resulting in new structure/property relationships. The field of polymer research seems to be perfectly suited for parallel and combinatorial methods due to the fact that many parameters can be varied during synthesis, processing, blending as well as compounding. In addn., numerous important parameters have to be investigated, such as mol. wt., polydispersity, viscosity, hardness, stiffness and other application-specific properties. A no. of corresponding high-throughput techniques have been developed in the last few years and their introduction into the com. market further boosted the development. These combinatorial approaches can reduce the time-to-market for new polymeric materials drastically compared to traditional approaches and allow a much more detailed understanding of polymers from the macroscopic to the nanoscopic scale. Here we provide an overview of the present status of combinatorial and parallel polymer synthesis and high-throughput screening. [on SciFinder (R)]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-32
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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