Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 286, Issue 13, pp 1465–1474

Gradient copolymers


DOI: 10.1007/s00396-008-1922-y

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Beginn, U. Colloid Polym Sci (2008) 286: 1465. doi:10.1007/s00396-008-1922-y


Gradient copolymers represent a relative new class of copolymers containing at least one section of the macromolecule where the chemical composition continuously changes along the polymer chain. Due to their structural relation to block copolymers, microphase-segregated structures can be formed in bulk, in solution, at surfaces, and interfaces exhibiting a blurred, less-defined border region between phases. The article reviews the preparation methods, the main physical peculiarities, and some proposed applications of gradient copolymers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Organic Materials Chemistry, Institute for ChemistryUniversity of OsnabrueckOsnabrueckGermany