Journal article

Star Polymers

Jing M Ren, Thomas G McKenzie, Qiang Fu, Edgar HH Wong, Jiangtao Xu, Zesheng An, Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Thomas P Davis, Cyrille Boyer, Greg G Qiao



Recent advances in controlled/living polymerization techniques and highly efficient coupling chemistries have enabled the facile synthesis of complex polymer architectures with controlled dimensions and functionality. As an example, star polymers consist of many linear polymers fused at a central point with a large number of chain end functionalities. Owing to this exclusive structure, star polymers exhibit some remarkable characteristics and properties unattainable by simple linear polymers. Hence, they constitute a unique class of technologically important nanomaterials that have been utilized or are currently under audition for many applications in life sciences and nanotechnologies. This..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council via the ARC Centre of Excellence funding scheme

Funding Acknowledgements

G.G.Q, and C.B. acknowledge financial support from the Australian Research Council via the Future Fellowship scheme (FT110100411 and FT12010096, respectively). J.M.R. acknowledges the financial support from Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge, and Innovation (VESKI, Australia) through the VESKI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship scheme 2015. T.G.M. is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Z.A. acknowledges the assistance from Liangliang Shen and Qijing Chen at Shanghai University. T.P.D. acknowledges the award of a Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council in addition to funding via the ARC Centre of Excellence funding scheme (project number CE140100036).