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Polymers 2011, 3(4), 1911-1933;

Water-Soluble Stimuli Responsive Star-Shaped Segmented Macromolecules

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes ICE/HT-FORTH, P.O. Box 1414, 26504 Patras, Greece
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Received: 8 October 2011 / Revised: 18 October 2011 / Accepted: 2 November 2011 / Published: 3 November 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water-Soluble Polymers)
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Star shaped segmented macromolecules constitute an interesting class of polymeric materials whose properties differ remarkably from those appearing in their linear counterparts. This review highlights the work done in the last decade, dealing with the self-assembly of star-shaped block copolymers and terpolymers of various topologies in aqueous media. This article focuses on a specific class of star shaped macromolecules designated as stimuli responsive. These stars bearblock/arms undergo sharp phase transitions upon responding to stimuli, such as temperature, pH, ionic strength and so forth. These transitions impose dramatic transformations on the morphology and, accordingly, in the functionality of the nanostructured associates. The number of arms, the specific functionality and topology of the different arm/blocks and the overall macromolecular architecture of the star polymer, significantly influence their behavior in terms of self-assembly and responsiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: star-shaped segmented macromolecules; stimuli responsive; self-assembly star-shaped segmented macromolecules; stimuli responsive; self-assembly

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Iatridi, Z.; Tsitsilianis, C. Water-Soluble Stimuli Responsive Star-Shaped Segmented Macromolecules. Polymers 2011, 3, 1911-1933.

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