Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Inside Cover: Supramolecular Block Copolymers with Cucurbituril in Water (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 21/2008)
Supramolecular diblock copolymers can be easily formed using the container molecule cucurbituril, which functions as a supramolecular “handcuff” by “shackling up” the chain ends of two homopolymers. O. A. Scherman and U. Rauwald describe in their Communication on page 3950 ff. how polymer chains can be bound by a stimulus-responsive ternary host–guest complex and thus form dynamic block copolymers. Amphiphilic polymer blocks can result in self-organization to more highly ordered, compartmentalized structures, such as micelles and vesicles.