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Functional Materials Based on Self-Assembly of Polymeric Supramolecules

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Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2407-2409
DOI: 10.1126/science.1067794

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Abstract

Self-assembly of polymeric supramolecules is a powerful tool for producing functional materials that combine several properties and may respond to external conditions. We illustrate the concept using a comb-shaped architecture. Examples include the hexagonal self-organization of conjugated conducting polymers and the polarized luminance in solid-state films of rodlike polymers obtained by removing the hydrogen-bonded side chains from the aligned thermotropic smectic phase. Hierarchically structured materials obtained by applying different self-organization and recognition principles and directed assembly form a basis for tunable nanoporous materials, smart membranes, preparation of nano-objects, and anisotropic properties, such as proton conductivity.

  • * To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: Olli.Ikkala{at}hut.fi (O.I.); G.ten.Brinke{at}chem.rug.nl(G.t.B.)

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