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CHAPTER 1

Miktoarm Star (µ-Star) Polymers: A Successful Story

The term miktoarm stars (coming from the Greek word µικτός meaning mixed) was adopted in 1992 by our group for star polymers with either chemical (e.g., A2B), molecular weight (e.g., A2A′), topological (e.g., (AB)2-junction-(BA)2), or functional group (e.g., AFA2) asymmetry. The first µ-stars synthesized by anionic polymerization, on the one hand, guided polymer chemists working with other types of polymerization techniques towards this direction and, on the other hand, helped polymer physicists to carry out experiments and develop theories on the influence of the architecture on the morphology of block copolymers. Synthetic strategies based on anionic polymerization, as well as a few examples showing the influence of the miktoarm structure on the morphology of block copolymers, are reviewed in this chapter.

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Print publication date
20 Apr 2017
Copyright year
2017
Print ISBN
978-1-78262-575-9
PDF eISBN
978-1-78801-042-9
ePub eISBN
978-1-78801-125-9

From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series