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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. (doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-8528-4_18) (KAR id:18632)


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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8528-4_18
Additional information: Chapter 3.
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Simon Holder
Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 13:35 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:56 UTC
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