Special Issue "Non-Equilibrium Blockcopolymer Self-Assembly"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2014
Prof. Dr. Felix H. Schacher
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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Article: Morphologies and Thermal Variability of Patterned Polymer Films with Poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride)
Polymers 2014, 6(3), 820-845; doi:10.3390/polym6030820
Received: 20 January 2014; in revised form: 28 February 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2014 / Published: 14 March 2014| Download PDF Full-text (5676 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Article: Synthesis and Solution Properties of Double Hydrophilic Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEO-b-PEtOx) Star Block Copolymers
Polymers 2013, 5(3), 1081-1101; doi:10.3390/polym5031081
Received: 28 June 2013; in revised form: 27 July 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 2 September 2013| Download PDF Full-text (2122 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Review: Precise Synthesis of Block Polymers Composed of Three or More Blocks by Specially Designed Linking Methodologies in Conjunction with Living Anionic Polymerization System
Polymers 2013, 5(3), 1012-1040; doi:10.3390/polym5031012
Received: 27 May 2013; in revised form: 27 June 2013 / Accepted: 28 June 2013 / Published: 17 July 2013| Download PDF Full-text (751 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
Article: Supramolecular Assemblies from Poly(styrene)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) Diblock Copolymers Mixed with 6-Hydroxy-2-naphthoic Acid
Polymers 2013, 5(2), 679-695; doi:10.3390/polym5020679
Received: 14 April 2013; in revised form: 22 May 2013 / Accepted: 28 May 2013 / Published: 5 June 2013| Download PDF Full-text (3237 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 31 October 2013