Available online at www.sciencedirect.com ScienceDirect Controlled architecture for improved macromolecular memory within polymer networks Stephen A DiPasquale and Mark E Byrne This brief review analyzes recent developments in the ﬁeld of has traditionally been associated with highly crosslinked living/controlled polymerization and the potential of this polymer networks due to the decreased ﬂexibility of the technique for creating imprinted polymers with highly polymer chains. The lower ﬂexibility aided the creation of structured architecture with macromolecular memory. As a template afﬁnity due to the retention of the shape speci- result, it is possible to engineer polymers at the molecular level ﬁcity of the polymer chain functionality forming the with increased homogeneity relating to enhanced template template complexation site [8 ,9]. However, recently it binding and transport. Only recently has living/controlled has been shown to work effectively even in weakly polymerization been exploited to decrease heterogeneity and crosslinked networks with ﬂexible polymer chains substantially improve the efﬁciency of the imprinting process [10,11]. The key in weakly crosslinked polymers is to for both highly and weakly crosslinked imprinted polymers. strengthen the interaction of the template with the poly- Living polymerization can be utilized to create imprinted mer chains by using complementary chemistry within
Current Opinion in Biotechnology – Elsevier
Published: Aug 1, 2016
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