Monomer Sequence Control: Using Nature's Strategy to Create 21st Century Polymers (#158)

The synthesis of polymers with controlled sequences of monomers is a fast-developing field of research in fundamental polymer science. Indeed, sequence-controlled polymers play a key role in nature. Although formed from a rather modest library of monomers, sequence-defined macromolecules such as proteins or nucleic acids are largely responsible for the complexity and diversity of the biological world. By analogy, one may predict that synthetic sequence-defined polymers could play an important role in the creation of 21st-Century materials. The development of sequence-controlled polymers was recently identified as one of the most important fundamental targets in synthetic polymer chemistry. The goal of this symposium is to create an interdisciplinary discussion platform focusing on the current frontiers in creating and exploiting sequence in copolymers and to bring together scientists with different profiles from a variety of specialties, e.g. polymer science, biochemistry, physical chemistry and theory.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015