Synthesis of Miktoarm Star (μ-Star) Polymers

Nikolaos Hadjichristidis*

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The synthetic strategies available for the synthesis of miktoarm star (μ-star) polymers with molecular weight, chemical, or topological asymmetry are reviewed. All strategies are based on functional living polymer chains and linking agents. Although each strategy has its weak and strong points, it seems that anionic polymerization combined with chlorosilane methodology yields the widest variety of model single and double μ-stars. These novel architectures open new horizons in polymer science and technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)857-871
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number2-7
StatePublished - Apr 1 1999


  • Chemical asymmetry
  • Linking agents
  • Living polymers
  • Miktoarm stars (μ-stars)
  • Molecular architecture
  • Molecular weight asymmetry
  • Morphology
  • Topological asymmetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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