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Reaction-induced phase transitions with block copolymers in solution and bulk

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Abstract

Reaction-induced phase transitions (RIPTs) encompass a broad range of synthetic strategies that use chemical reactions to drive the organization of macromolecules into complex, nanoscale morphologies. A diverse set of chemical reactions are now available which can alter a polymer's composition and can provide access to a rich landscape of tailorable morphologies in both solution and bulk. In this review, we highlight advances in RIPTs that rely upon functionalization, deprotection, conjugation, chain-scission, grafting, and polymerization to induce disorder-to-order or order-to-order phase transitions in situ. To date, polymerization-induced self-assembly is the most well-established RIPT, but only represents one of a broader family of reactions for inducing macromolecular organization. This contribution explores the wider field of chemical reactions for inducing macromolecular self-assembly or reorganization and takes a comprehensive look at significant and recent developments in this flourishing area of research.

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Submitted
16 May 2020
Accepted
29 Jul 2020
First published
06 Aug 2020

Polym. Chem., 2021,12, 12-28
Article type
Review Article

Reaction-induced phase transitions with block copolymers in solution and bulk

J. Lequieu and A. J. D. Magenau, Polym. Chem., 2021, 12, 12 DOI: 10.1039/D0PY00722F

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