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Molecular engineering of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers by living cationic polymerization

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  • Prof. Virgil Percec,

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    1. Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 (USA)
    • Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 (USA)
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    • Studied chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute, Jassy, Romania and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1976. After postdoctoral work at the University of Freiburg (with H.-J. Cantow) and University of Akron (with J. P. Kennedy) he joined the faculty of the Department of Macromolecular Science of Case Western Reserve University where he is Professor of Macromolecular Science. His research interests range from new polymerization reactions and reaction mechanisms to polymers with complex architecture, liquid-crystalline polymers and supramolecular polymer chemistry. He is co-author of over 300 publications and serves on the Editorial Boards of 8 journals.

  • Prof. Dimitris Tomazos

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    1. Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 (USA)
    • Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 (USA)
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    • Received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece in 1985. Subsequently, he joined Prof. Percec's research group as a graduate student and performed research on various synthetic aspects of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers. He was awarded a M.S. degree in 1989 and is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation.


  • This research was supported by the Office of Naval Research.

Abstract

Molecularly designed polymers with narrow polydispersities and well-defined molecular weights, tailor-made mesophases, and reactive systems that can be used for further functionalization or cross-linking reactions are required for applications in areas as diverse as optical data storage, nonlinear optical systems and electro-optic displays. Recent progress is discussed in the molecular engineering of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers by living coationic polymerization, statistical and sequential copolymerization, and chain and functionalization reactions.

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