Microscopic chains that mimic DNA

Circular polycatenanes are chains that can move and change shape: they twist, stretch and wrap around themselves. Three physicists of the European Eutopia Cost network, coordinated by UniTrento, have dedicated themselves ...

Spatiotemporal segregation of chiral supramolecular polymers

In 1848, Louis Pasteur successfully segregated two types of crystals of double sodium-ammonium salt of tartaric acid, which were mirror images of each other. Back then, this was done manually through a painstaking process ...

Self-templating, solvent-free supramolecular polymer synthesis

A polymer that catalyzes its own formation in an environmentally friendly solvent-free process has been developed by an all-RIKEN team of chemists. The discovery could lead to the development of inherently recyclable polymer ...

Bringing cells closer to form new tissues

The field of tissue engineering is constantly exploring the possibility of using different properties of various biomaterials to achieve tissue regeneration. However, a key factor in creating effective tissues that can ameliorate ...

Polymer that folds and unfolds under UV radiation

Polymers, the basis of all plastics, usually do not have an ordered structure, in contrast to biopolymers such as proteins. A team of researchers has now developed a polymer that can be differentiated into folded (ordered) ...

Controlling the length of supramolecular polymers

Systems made up of one supramolecular polymer are well understood, but much remains unknown for systems involving the combination of multiple supramolecular polymers, such as what affects the length of the resulting copolymers. ...

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