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PhD ceremony Mr. M.G. Faber: Self-assembly of binary block copolymers and supramolecular copolymer complexes

When:Mo 02-12-2013 at 14:30
Where:Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

PhD ceremony: Mr. M.G. Faber

Dissertation: Self-assembly of binary block copolymers and supramolecular copolymer complexes

Promotor(s): prof. G. ten Brinke, prof. K. Loos

Faculty: Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Self-assembly of block copolymers results in intriguing nanoscale morphologies due to the repulsive interactions between the different blocks. These microphase-separated structures are of interest for possible applications in nanotechnology.

Subtle changes in the chemical structure of the monomers and the copolymer architecture can lead to enhanced control of the morphologies formed or even result in exciting new morphologies. It is therefore very important to obtain a better understanding of these parameters available to access and fine-tune specific morphologies.

This research describes the investigation of several self-assembling polymer systems, focusing on binary block copolymers and supramolecular complexes using hydrogen bonding. The supramolecular complexes consist of low molecular weight amphiphiles connected to a polymer backbone.

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