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.