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Introduction

  • Davide MichielettoEmail author
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Abstract

Polymers are ubiquitous in Nature. They consist of a collection of many simple units (from the Greek word for “many” poly and for “unit” mer) and because of this, they are among the most simple examples of physical cooperativity. Polymers are made of repetitive patterns which make them easy to design, while their length can reach the million of units. Polymers can be thought of as very early examples of self-replicating objects: Given a single unit (a monomer) and enough substrate to form more units, a long sequence of monomers is bound to appear and eventually this can even break up forming many copies of itself. Nature has exploited this self-replicating ability by giving polymers a central role in Biology.

Keywords

Topological State Dense Solution Topological Interaction Ring Polymer Comb Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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