Special Issue "Complex Macromolecular Architectures"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Philipp Vana
Makromolekulare Chemie, Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Tammannstraße 6, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
Website: http://www.mmc.chemie.uni-goettingen.de
E-Mail: pvana@uni-goettingen.de
Phone: +49 551 391 2753
Fax: +49 551 391 2709
Interests: controlled radical RAFT polymerization; synthesis of complex macromolecular; architectures and functional polymers; biomimetic polymer design; polymerizations from surfaces; organic-inorganic hybrid materials; kinetics and mechanism of radical polymerizations; mechanical properties of polymers, modeling and simulation of polymerization processes; electrospray Ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scope of this special issue is to collate reports about recent progress and future perspectives in the field of complex macromolecular architecture. It will focus on synthesis, characterization, and applications.

The tailoring of well-defined complex macromolecular architecture constitutes the molecular basis for advanced polymer materials. The recent advent of a multitude of controlled polymerization methods, which greatly outperform conventional polymerization processes with respect to topological control, has had a major impact on this field. Consequently, macromolecular architectures of stunning complexity are now available with relative ease, which were far beyond the wildest dreams of polymer chemists just short time ago. A variety of block copolymers, star polymers, ring polymers, graft and comb copolymers, gradient copolymers, and hyper-branched polymers has been developed and explored over the last few years. Their structures have been tailored to produce specific properties in the resulting material. Phase separation and self-ordering phenomena have been exploited to produce functional materials, including applications in energy conversion, e.g., solar cells; nanomedicine, e.g., drug delivery; and materials science, where they are used for the design of functional, responsive, or high mechanical performance materials.

The wide array of possible applications finds its origin in the tailored design of polymer topology on a molecular level, for which new approaches are constantly emerging. Despite the rapid progress polymer science has made in recent times with respect to topological control, many issues have yet to be addressed to exploit the full potentials of this fascinating class of materials. These open research topics, along with prospects for the future, will be the focus of this special issue.

Prof. Dr. Philipp Vana
Guest Editor


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  • block copolymers
  • star polymers
  • comb polymers
  • gradient copolymers
  • hyperbranched polymers
  • functionalized polymers
  • topological control

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Polymers 2014, 6(8), 2082-2099; doi:10.3390/polym6082082
Received: 5 June 2014; in revised form: 18 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 July 2014 / Published: 30 July 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(2), 311-326; doi:10.3390/polym6020311
Received: 27 December 2013; Accepted: 22 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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Polymers 2013, 5(2), 706-729; doi:10.3390/polym5020706
Received: 25 April 2013; in revised form: 30 May 2013 / Accepted: 30 May 2013 / Published: 10 June 2013
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