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Complex Macromolecular Architectures: Synthesis, Characterization, and Self-Assembly

Author:  Nikos Hadjichristidis, Akira Hirao, Yasuyuki Tezuka, Filip Du Prez

Published On: April 2011

Publisher: Wiley Press

Price: US $124.95

Write-up: The field of CMA (complex macromolecular architecture) stands at the cutting edge of materials science and has been a focus of intense research activity in recent years. This book gives an extensive description of the synthesis, characterisation and self-assembly of recently-developed advanced architectural materials with a number of potential applications.

The architectural polymers, including bio-conjugated hybrid polymers with poly(amino acid)s and gluco-polymers, star-branched and dendrimer-like hyperbranched polymers, cyclic polymers, dendrigraft polymers, rod-coil and helix-coil block copolymers, are introduced chapter by chapter in the book. In particular, the book also emphasises the topic of synthetic breakthroughs by living/controlled polymerisation since 2000.

Furthermore, renowned authors contribute on special topics such as helical polyisocyanates, metallopolymers, stereospecific polymers, hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymers, conjugated polymers and polyrotaxanes, which have attracted considerable interest as novel polymer materials with potential future applications. In addition, recent advances in reactive blending achieved with well-defined end-functionalised polymers are discussed from an industrial point of view. Topics on polymer-based nanotechnologies, including self-assembled architectures and suprastructures, nano-structured materials and devices, nanofabrication, surface nanostructures and their AFM imaging analysis of hetero-phased polymers are also included.

• Provides comprehensive coverage of recently developed advanced architectural materials
• Covers hot new areas such as  click chemistry,  chain walking, polyhomologation and ADMET
• Edited by highly regarded scientists in the field
• Contains contributions from 26 leading experts from Europe, North America and Asia


Researchers in academia and industry specialising in polymer chemistry will find this book to be an ideal survey of the most recent advances in the area. The book is also suitable as supplementary reading for students enrolled in Polymer Synthetic Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis, Polymer Design, Advanced Polymer Chemistry, Soft Matter Science and Materials Science courses.

Table of Contents

Part One:  Synthesis.
• Cyclic and multicyclic topological polymers.
• Ultrarapid approaches to mild macromolecular conjugation.
• Synthesis and self-assembly of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymers.
• Recent synthetic developments in miktoarm star polymers with more than three different arms.
• Precise synthesis of dendrimer-like star-branched polymers, a new class of well-defined hyperbranched polymers.
• Arborescent polymers with a mesoscopic scale.
• Hyperbranched glyco-conjugated polymers.
• Highly branched functional polymer architectures by click-chemistry strategies.
• Living alkene polymerisation for polyolefin architectures.
• Precision polyolefins.
• Polyhomologation: The living polymerisation of ylides.
• Phenylenevinylene homopolymers and block copolymers via ring-opening metathesis polymerisation.
• Block copolymers containing rod segments.
• Synthesis of well-defined poly(meth)acrylamides with varied stereoregularity by living anionic polymerisation.
• Complex macromolecular chimeras


Part Two: Characterisation and Self-Assembly.
• Self-assembly and applications of polyferrocenylsilane block copolymers.
• Functional polymeric nanostructures prepared by self-assembly and beyond.
• Morphologies of block and star-branched polymers with three components.
• Morphologies and photophysical properties of conjugated rod–coil block copolymers.
• Bulk self-assembly of linear hybrid polypeptide-based diblock and triblock copolymers.
• AFM study of comb (co)polymers with complex chain architecture.
• Tunable thermoresponsive polymers by molecular design.
• Fluorine-containing block copolymers: synthesis and application as a template for nanocellular and porous structures using supercritical carbon dioxide.
• Architectural polymers, nanostructures and hierarchical structures from block copolymers.
• Block copolymer nanostructured thin films for advanced patterning.
• Ring polymers: effective isolation and unique properties.


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