Complex Macromolecular Chimeras

Hermis Iatrou*, Marinos Pitsikalis, Georgios Sakellariou, Nikos Hadjichristidis

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This chapter summarizes recent developments on the synthesis of well-defined linear (multiblock co/terpolymer) as well as nonlinear (e.g. star, graft, block-graft, dendritic) complex macromolecular chimeras (polypeptide/polymer hybrids), by combining living/controlled polymerization methods of conventional monomers with the ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides. Although much development is still required, these complex polypeptide-based materials begin to rival their natural counterparts in terms of complexity and accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplex Macromolecular Architectures
Subtitle of host publicationSynthesis, Characterization, and Self-Assembly
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9780470825136
StatePublished - May 3 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex chimeras
  • Controlled/living polymerization
  • Dendritic chimeras
  • Graft chimeras
  • Living polymerization
  • Macromolecular chimeras
  • Multiblock chimeras
  • Ring-opening polymerization
  • Star chimeras
  • α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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