Synfacts 2008(2): 0155-0155  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-992428
Synthesis of Materials and Unnatural Products
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Self-Assembling Star Polymers

Contributor(s): Timothy M. Swager, Brett VanVeller
E. M. Todd, S. C. Zimmermann*
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
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Publication Date:
23 January 2008 (online)


Polymers of well-defined structure continue to see application in material science, catalysis, and drug delivery. The authors demonstrate a hydrogen-bonding platform designed to self-assemble linear polymers into the more complex, higher molecular weight, star polymer architecture. The method appears to be applicable to a variety of polymer backbones and, more interestingly, the higher molecular weight assemblies have a lower polydispersity than their single chain progenitors.