Bates research featured on cover of Macromolecules

Jan. 18, 2017 - Block polymer research conducted by Regents Professor Frank S. Bates and Assistant Professor Christopher Bates from the University of California, Santa Barbara is featured on the cover of Macromolecules as a 50th Anniversary Perspective. Advances in synthetic chemistry continue to propel fundamental and applied advances in the field of block polymers as described in the Perspective titled “Block Polymers: Pure Potential.” This cover depicts scientists hard at work constructing block polymers with precise control over molecular architecture, block sequence, and functional group location.

Block polymers have undergone extraordinary evolution since their inception more than 60 years ago, maturing from simple surfactants to an expansive class of macromolecules encoded with exquisite attributes. Contemporary synthetic accessibility coupled with facile characterization and rigorous theoretical advances have conspired to continuously generate fundamental insights and enabling concepts that target applications spanning chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. The researchers parse the vast literature to examine the forefront of the field and identify exciting themes and challenging opportunities that portend a bracing future trajectory. This Perspective celebrates the visionary role played by Macromolecules in advancing our understanding of this remarkable class of materials.

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