Monomer sequence control in Polymers : Toward next-generation precision materials

01 January 2015 → 31 December 2018
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Inorganic chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
    • Theoretical and computational chemistry
    • Other chemical sciences
precision materials
Project description

The aim of the project EURO-SEQUENCES is to establish a multidisciplinary training network on the

emerging topic of sequence controlled polymers (i.e. macromolecules containing ordered sequences of

monomers). It has been shown during the last five years that such polymers open up unprecedented options

for the future of manmade materials. Indeed, similarly to biopolymers such as nucleic acids and proteins,

synthetic sequence-controlled polymers contain precisely engineered chain-microstructures that allow a fine

control over their molecular, nanoscopic and macroscopic properties. For instance, these new types of

polymers are relevant for applications in molecular data storage, catalysis, photovoltaics and nanomedicine.

However, this field of research is very young and therefore, fundamental and applied research is still

mandatory. Thus, it seems timely and appropriate to federate top-European researchers working on that

topic. The proposed network is composed of 7 academic partners and 2 companies, from 5 different

European countries, and connects researchers with complementary expertise in areas such as organic

chemistry, polymer synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, physico-chemistry and materials science. This

multidisciplinary network will focus on different scientific aspects. A first important objective will be the

development of facile and rapid chemical methods for ‘riting’molecular information on polymers. In

addition, analytical techniques that allow characterization and ultimately full sequencing of polymers will be

studied. The folding and self-assembly of sequence-controlled polymers will be also examined in order to

understand the correlation between controlled primary structure and higher levels of organization.

Eventually, a crucial aim of this project will be the conception of new types of plastics materials. This

network will be a unique scientific environment for the training of PhDs. The candidates will conduct their

research in top-European laboratories and will receive a complete training, including lectures and summer

schools, on polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and biomaterials. Thus, the project EUROSEQUENCES

will serve to educate a new generation of talented polymer scientists.