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Volume 85, Issue 2


Terminology for aggregation and self-assembly in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 2013)

Richard G. Jones / Christopher K. Ober / Philip Hodge / Pavel Kratochvíl
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Published Online: 2012-12-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REC-12-03-12

In the past, aggregation and self-assembly have been associated principally with micellar and colloidal systems of molecules; however, with the advent of supramolecular chemistry, molecular self-assembly has been opened to a much wider understanding that has facilitated access to a variety of different shapes and sizes, along with the construction of new and fascinating molecular topologies. This document aims at defining more than 150 terms related to aggregation and self-assembly in the particular case of macromolecules. The list is restricted to the most commonly encountered terms.

Keywords: IUPAC Polymer Division; polymers; recommendations; self-assembly; aggregation; terminology

Project Year: 2005, Project Code: 2005-043-2-400


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Published Online: 2012-12-16

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Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 85, Issue 2, Pages 463–492, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REC-12-03-12.

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