50th anniversary perspective: Block polymers-pure potential

Christopher M. Bates, Frank S. Bates

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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. Here, we 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 10 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by (FSB) the National Science Foundation through the University of Minnesota MRSEC under Award DMR-1420013. C.M.B. thanks UCSB for funding and the Materials Research Laboratory, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) under support from the National Science Foundation (DMR-1121053). We gratefully acknowledge Brian Long and Peter Allen for rendering the cover artwork that accompanies this manuscript and the reviewers for excellent suggested improvements.

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© 2016 American Chemical Society.

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