Volume 94 Issue 5 | p. 29 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 1, 2016

Hybrid Polymer Blends Covalent And Supramolecular Components

Polymers: Supramolecular component can be removed and reconstituted on demand to yield soft materials with novel delivery or repair functions
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: hybrid, polymer, covalent, supramolecular

By combining monomers that form a covalently linked polymer with a monomer that assembles noncovalently into a supramolecular polymer, researchers have created a novel soft material that’s distinct from the forms these monomers take on their own. The new hybrid structure, created by Samuel I. Stupp and colleagues at Northwestern University, can be partially disassembled and reassembled on demand, creating a material that could have applications in drug delivery and self-healing . . .

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