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Synthetic polymer/single-crystal composite

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  • Yujing Liu,

    1. MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  • Liao Chen,

    1. MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  • Wei Liu,

    1. MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  • Tao Ye,

    1. MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  • Hongzheng Chen,

    1. MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  • Hanying Li

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    1. MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
    • Correspondence to: Hanying Li, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, 310027 Hangzhou, China.

      E-mail: hanying_li@zju.edu.cn

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  • This article is published in Journal of Polymers for Advanced Technologies as a special issue on 12th PAT Conference in Berlin, 2013, edited by Prof. Andreas Lendlein and Prof. Marc Behl, Institute of Biomaterial Science, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht GmbH, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Kantstr. 55, 14513 Teltow, Germany.

Abstract

Biogenic single-crystals have been found to incorporate biomacromolecules and become biomacromolecule/single-crystal composites. The complex composite structures and properties of these biogenic crystalline materials have spurred investigations to reproduce their synthetic analogs, polymer/single-crystal composites. Here, we review recent progress of the synthetic polymer/single-crystal composites, where the polymers are distributed inside the crystals in their aggregate states (micelles, particles, gel networks, and 3D structured forms). The mechanisms of the polymer incorporation are also discussed. Furthermore, the effects of the polymer incorporation on the properties of the crystal host are described. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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