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High-definition polyphosphoesters: between nucleic acids and plastics

Appukutti, Nadeema, Serpell, Christopher J. (2018) High-definition polyphosphoesters: between nucleic acids and plastics. Polymer Chemistry, 9 . pp. 2210-2216. ISSN 1759-9954. (doi:10.1039/C8PY00251G)

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Polyphosphoesters are common to both genetics and cutting-edge polymer science. This review seeks to reframe current conceptions of the boundaries of nucleic acid and polymer chemistry, showing that vital ‘stepping stones’ are now in place, allowing us to make a journey through chemical space between DNA and the synthetic polyphosphoesters. These liminal classes of macromolecule address vital questions about sequence control in polymers, single polymer chain folding, programmed self-assembly, nanoscale photophysics, and chemical data storage. In taking this path, we will impinge upon biochemistry, medicine, photophysics, supramolecular chemistry, nanotechnology, information technology and materials science. The synthetic methods we already have in hand have only just begun to show their promise in all these fields.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1039/C8PY00251G
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Functional Materials Group
Depositing User: Christopher Serpell
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 14:43 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 14:09 UTC
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