The hierarchical growth of polymeric architectures

E.W. Meijer, J.H.K.K. Hirschberg, R.P. Sijbesma

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In order to arrive at controlled tertiary structures of synthetic polymers it is a prerequisite to design and synthesize mol. fragments that first self-assemble into secondary structures followed by their ordered aggregation. We have used quadruple hydrogen bonding units that form random coil polymers from difunctional monomers in solvents like chloroform. These polymers fold into helical superstructures in apolar solvents, while a preferred handedness of the helix is obtained by the introduction of stereocenters in the side chain. Since the chain length of the polymeric helix can be tuned by the addn. of monofunctional chain stoppers, we are able to connect two or more helixes. By now introducing structure-forming connectors between two chain stoppers, we are able to grow polymeric architectures in a hierarchical way. [on SciFinder (R)]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstracts of papers, 217th ACS national meeting : Anaheim, March 21 - 25, 1999
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
ISBN (Print)0-8412-3672-0
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event217th ACS National Meeting - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 21 Mar 199925 Mar 1999


Conference217th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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