Functional supramolecular polymers

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    Abstract

    Supramolecular polymers can be random and entangled coils with the mechanical properties of plastics and elastomers, but with great capacity for processability, recycling, and self-healing due to their reversible monomer-to-polymer transitions. At the other extreme, supramolecular polymers can be formed by self-assembly among designed subunits to yield shape-persistent and highly ordered filaments. The use of strong and directional interactions among molecular subunits can achieve not only rich dynamic behavior but also high degrees of internal order that are not known in ordinary polymers. They can resemble, for example, the ordered and dynamic one-dimensional supramolecular assemblies of the cell cytoskeleton and possess useful biological and electronic functions
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages813-817
    Number of pages5
    JournalScience
    Volume335
    Issue number6070
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012

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    Elastomers
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    Plastics
    Mechanical properties

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    Aida, T. ; Meijer, E.W. ; Stupp, S.I./ Functional supramolecular polymers. In: Science. 2012 ; Vol. 335, No. 6070. pp. 813-817
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