Special Issue "Non-Equilibrium Blockcopolymer Self-Assembly"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015)
Prof. Dr. Felix H. Schacher (Website)
Institut für Organische Chemie und Makromolekulare Chemie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Lessingstr. 8, Room 122, 07743 Jena, Germany
Interests: polymer synthesis; block copolymers; self-assembly; interpolyelectrolyte complexation; stimuli-responsive materials
The last decades have witnessed great and (sometimes) unpredicted progress in the generation of sophisticated nanostructures from block copolymers in different microenvironments such as the solution state, in thin-films, or as bulk materials. Besides the wide variety of available building blocks, one intriguing feature of block copolymer self-assembly is that one single material can adopt different morphologies, depending on the surrounding conditions. Subtle changes in the environment, suitable additives, crystallization occurring, confinement, or simply changes in the solvent sequence or the temperature (pathway) during self-assembly can lead to the formation of kinetically trapped nanostructures. In some cases, this even enables the hierarchical organization of well-defined soft matter building blocks over several length scales.
In that respect, this issue is intended to highlight recent advances concerning all aspects of non-equilibrium block copolymer self-assembly as well as possible applications in diverse fields like, e.g., materials science, biotechnology, or supramolecular chemistry.
Prof. Dr. Felix H. Schacher
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