Excursions of synthetic organic chemists to the world of oligomers and polymers

Dieter Seebach*, Albert K. Beck, Magnus Rueping, Jürg V. Schreiber, Holger Sellner

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The activities of a group devoted to organic synthesis in the field of polymer and oligomer chemistry have led to new types of dendritic cross-linking compounds for the polymerization of styrene to give high-quality materials. In addition the synthesis of uniform ('monodisperse'), high-molecular weight oligomers of 3-hydroxybutanoic acid provided samples for investigations to prove the hypothesis that polyhydroxybutyrates are natural ion-channel components in living organisms. Oligomers of β-amino acids were prepared and have been shown to form all the secondary structures known from natural peptides and proteins (composed of α-amino acids), i.e. helices, pleated sheets, turns, hair pins and stacks with properties differing fundamentally from those of the natural analogs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Dendritic cross-linkers
  • Oligo-(3-hydroxybutanoates)
  • Polymer-bound chiral ligands
  • Secondary structures
  • β-peptides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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