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Hierarchical structure formation in supramolecular comb-shaped block copolymers

Hofman, A., ten Brinke, G. & Loos, K., 10-Aug-2016, In : Polymer. 107, p. 343-356 14 p.

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Block copolymers are known to spontaneously form ordered structures at the nano-to mesoscale. Although the number of different morphologies is rather limited in diblock copolymer systems, their phase behavior becomes increasingly more complex with each additional building block. Synthesis of such all-covalent materials is, however, a very challenging task. By moving to supramolecular chemistry these preparation methods can be avoided while maintaining the same kind of macromolecular complexity. After a brief introduction, this feature article will provide a selection of the most recent work performed in the field of self-assembling supramolecular block copolymer-containing materials. By careful choice of both the copolymer and, in many cases, the small organic surface active compound, fascinating morphologies can appear in supramolecular comb-shaped block copolymers. Several examples will be discussed, while a number of functional materials (e.g. thermal, optical, electronic) originating from these type of complexes will be addressed as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-356
Number of pages14
JournalPolymer
Volume107
Publication statusPublished - 10-Aug-2016

    Keywords

  • Block copolymers, Supramolecular complexes, Structure formation, ABC TRIBLOCK COPOLYMERS, POLYMER-SURFACTANT SYSTEMS, ORDER-DISORDER TRANSITION, NANOCOMPOSITE THIN-FILMS, HYDROGEN-BONDED POLYMER, PHASE-BEHAVIOR, DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS, STRONG-SEGREGATION, MOLECULAR-WEIGHT, TILING PATTERNS

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