Advanced macromolecular engineering
Individual and combined basic elements of macromolecular architecture. From Matyjaszewski K., Science, 2011, 333, p. 1104 . Reprinted with permission from AAAS.
The 21st century opened new perspectives for synthesis of macromolecules with precisely controlled architectures and functionality, aiming to mimic biological systems.
RDP (“reversible deactivation polymerization”) techniques have opened avenues to prepare hybrids materials. They include organic/inorganic hybrids based on nanoparticles, nanotubes and flat surfaces, but also bioconjugates formed by covalent linking of natural products, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, with synthetic polymers.
The challenge is how to design the most efficient materials and how to carry out the precise synthesis.