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The influence of the end-group on the chiral self-assembly of all-conjugated block copolymers

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Abstract

The self-assembly of all-conjugated block copolymers is an effective way to obtain well-ordered structures at the nanoscale. Although these polymers possess an end-group and a lot of research has been done on their self-assembly, the influence of the end-groups has hardly been considered. Both the nature of the blocks as well as the degree of polymerization (DP) play a crucial role in the solubility of the different blocks in a conjugated block copolymer. Here, we hypothesize that also the end-group is of importance: bulkier end-groups increase the solubility of that particular preceding block and thus will have an influence on the self-assembly. This hypothesis is validated using three series of all-conjugated block copolymers in which the blocks are composed of the two enantiomers of a chiral monomer.

Graphical abstract: The influence of the end-group on the chiral self-assembly of all-conjugated block copolymers

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The article was received on 21 Jun 2017, accepted on 13 Jul 2017 and first published on 14 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01043E
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    The influence of the end-group on the chiral self-assembly of all-conjugated block copolymers

    M.-P. Van Den Eede, A. Bedi, J. Delabie, J. De Winter, P. Gerbaux and G. Koeckelberghs, Polym. Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01043E

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