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

Richard G. Jones 1 , Christopher K. Ober 2 , Philip Hodge 3 , Pavel Kratochvíl 4 , Graeme Moad 5  and Michel Vert 6
  • 1 University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • 2 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  • 3 University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • 4 Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Praha, Czech Republic
  • 5 CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia
  • 6 University Montpellier 1, Montpellier, France

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.

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