The Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Self-Organisation of Polysilane Block Copolymers

Holder, Simon J. and Jones, Richard G. (2008) The Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Self-Organisation of Polysilane Block Copolymers. In: Ganachaud, F. and Boileau, S. and Boury, B., eds. Silicon Based Polymers: Advances in Synthesis and Supramolecular Organization. Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht, pp. 249-277. ISBN 978-1-4020-8527-7. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Block copolymers containing polysilane blocks are unique in that the polysilane components possess electro-active properties and are readily photodegradable. This review will discuss and assess the two major approaches to the synthesis of polysilane block copolymers via pre-formed polymer chain coupling and living polymerisation techniques. The self-organisation of polysilane block copolymers and the morphologies adopted in thin films are reviewed. Amphiphilic polysilane-containing block copolymers self-assemble in solvents selective for one block and a number of examples are highlighted. The versatility of these materials is highlighted by recent significant applications including the preparation of hollow crosslinked micellar aggregates in aqueous solutions and in patterned thin film generation subsequently employed as templates for the growth of cell cultures and CaCO (3.)

Item Type: Book section
Additional information: Chapter 3.
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Functional Materials Group
Depositing User: Simon Holder
Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 13:35
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 11:08
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18632 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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