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Asymmetrical supramolecular interactions as basis for complex responsive macromolecular architectures

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Abstract

Intrigued by natural responsive systems based on a combination of macromolecules and non-covalent interactions, polymer scientists have mimicked such systems by the formation of supramolecular polymers based on ionic interaction, hydrogen bonding and metal coordination. In recent years, the focus has shifted from rather simple non-directional and self-complementary interactions to the use of asymmetrical directional supramolecular interactions that allow the formation of complex responsive macromolecular architectures such as block copolymers, star-shaped polymers and graft copolymers. This feature article covers these recent developments on the use of asymmetrical supramolecular interactions in polymer science. Special attention is given to the formation of complex macromolecular architectures using directional supramolecular interactions. In addition, the responsiveness of the resulting macromolecular systems is discussed based on the assembly and/or disassembly that can be triggered by changes in external conditions.

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The article was received on 08 May 2007, accepted on 22 Aug 2007 and first published on 13 Sep 2007


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B706855G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2008,0, 155-162
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    Asymmetrical supramolecular interactions as basis for complex responsive macromolecular architectures

    R. Hoogenboom, D. Fournier and U. S. Schubert, Chem. Commun., 2008, 0, 155
    DOI: 10.1039/B706855G

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