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Chapter 5

Polymeric Tubular Structures

Nature makes use of tubular structures for the spatial separation of matter on many different length scales, ranging from the nanometer scale (selective channels based on folded proteins) up to the centimeter scale (blood vessels). Today, polymer chemists and engineers can prepare polymeric tubular structures via a variety of different methods also covering many lengthscales, from nanometers to meters. The synthetic approaches described in this chapter vary significantly from the folding of single polymer chains via the self-assembly of DNA fragments to coordinative metal-organic nanotubes to tubes engineerd from bulk polymers using a range of porous or fibrous templates. While all examples reported in this chapter form tubular structures and thereby mimic their naturally occuring counterparts, it is mainly the engineered tubes that are more straightforward to prepare that also show some bio-inspired function.

Print publication date: 14 Oct 2016
Copyright year: 2017
Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-413-4
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-666-4
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-923-8
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series