Miktoarm Star (μ-Star) Polymers: A Successful Story

Hermis Iatrou, Apostolos Avgeropoulos, Georgios Sakellariou, Marinos Pitsikalis, Nikos Hadjichristidis

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The term miktoarm stars (coming from the Greek word μιτσ meaning mixed) was adopted in 1992 by our group for star polymers with either chemical (e.g., A2B), molecular weight (e.g., A2A′), topological (e.g., (AB)2-junction-(BA)2), or functional group (e.g., AFA2) asymmetry. The first μ-stars synthesized by anionic polymerization, on the one hand, guided polymer chemists working with other types of polymerization techniques towards this direction and, on the other hand, helped polymer physicists to carry out experiments and develop theories on the influence of the architecture on the morphology of block copolymers. Synthetic strategies based on anionic polymerization, as well as a few examples showing the influence of the miktoarm structure on the morphology of block copolymers, are reviewed in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFluorinated Polymers, Volume 1
Subtitle of host publicationSynthesis, Properties, Processing and Simulation
EditorsBen Zhong Tang, Ashok Kakkar
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781782620341, 9781782624134, 9781782624158, 9781782625759, 9781782629160
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameRSC Polymer Chemistry Series
ISSN (Print)2044-0790
ISSN (Electronic)2044-0804

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials


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