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Polymers 2018, 10(9), 960; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10090960

Polyphilicity—An Extension of the Concept of Amphiphilicity in Polymers

Department of Chemistry, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, D-06099 Halle (Saale), Germany
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Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 23 August 2018 / Published: 30 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydrophilic Polymers)
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Recent developments in synthetic pathways as simple reversible-deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP) techniques and quantitative post-polymerization reactions, most notoriously ‘click’ reactions, leading to segmented copolymers, have broadened the molecular architectures accessible to polymer chemists as a matter of routine. Segments can be blocks, grafted chains, branchings, telechelic end-groups, covalently attached nanoparticles, nanodomains in networks, even sequences of random copolymers, and so on. In this review, we describe the variety of the segmented synthetic copolymers landscape from the point of view of their chemical affinity, or synonymous philicity, in bulk or with their surroundings, such as solvents, permeant gases, and solid surfaces. We focus on recent contributions, current trends, and perspectives regarding polyphilic copolymers, which have, in addition to hydrophilic and lipophilic segments, other philicities, for example, towards solvents, fluorophilic entities, ions, silicones, metals, nanoparticles, and liquid crystalline moieties. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyphilicity; amphiphilicity; triphilic; self-assembly; hydrophilic; lipophilic; fluorophilic; terpolymers; block copolymers; graft copolymers polyphilicity; amphiphilicity; triphilic; self-assembly; hydrophilic; lipophilic; fluorophilic; terpolymers; block copolymers; graft copolymers
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Heinz, D.; Amado, E.; Kressler, J. Polyphilicity—An Extension of the Concept of Amphiphilicity in Polymers. Polymers 2018, 10, 960.

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