Controlled polymers: accessing new platforms for material synthesis
Advances in polymer synthesis and characterization have laid the foundation for expanding the scope of synthetic polymer applications. Precisely controlled polymer synthesis could enable a generation of polymers with unique and predictable properties, akin to the syntheses of nucleic acids and peptides. Applications of synthetic polymers include information storage and assembly of 2-D and 3-D organic and composite nanomaterials. Herein, methods to achieve sequence control are discussed, including DNA-templated chemistries, iterative additions, and controlled living polymerization. The possibility of incorporating a verification method at each step is also presented.