Supramolecular polymers as multifunctional materials

S. I. Stupp*

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An interesting target in polymer science is to find pathways to highly regular supramolecular units with dimensions similar to those of high molar mass linear or hyperbranched polymers. These units lack a polymeric backbone but could serve as precursors to shape invariant covalent polymers analogous to folded proteins. We are pursuing access to these polymers with designed molecules programmed to assemble into nanostructures of regular shape and dimension. Space filling requirements for shape invariant nanostructures, and great structural diversity that can be achieved by molecular synthesis can lead to polymeric materials with unique potential to be multifunctional and easily processable. Another interesting aspect of shape invariant polymers is the possibility of forming 2D or 3D networks by chemical coordination of nanostructures. This lecture will describe the discovery of systems that yield supramolecular polymers and discuss the integration of properties in these systems. Because of space filling behavior these supramolecular polymers can integrate properties such as adhesion, nonlinear optics, luminescence, nano-patterning and control of surface chemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPolymeric Materials Science and Engineering, Proceedings of the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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