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

01 January 2015 → 31 December 2018
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Polymeric materials not elsewhere classified
precision materials
Other information
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 EURO-SEQUENCES will serve to educate a new generation of talented polymer scientists.

Role of Ghent University
Professor Filip Du Prez of Ghent University acts as promotor of 1 PhD student within this European Network and the Polymer Chemistry Research Laboratory of the Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry is the host group to a number of visiting PhD students from abroad in this collaborative, European network.
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the authority can be held responsible for them.