Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation from the Surface of Self-Assembled Tubular Supramolecular Macrointiators. Oberflächenchemie- und physik von Mikrosystemen Bd.7 # Pb., Großformat (24x17), 254 S., 150 Abb., davon 9 in Farbe, 8 Tab.
Precise control over the architecture of molecules assembly is perhaps the most important parameter for the development and engineering of advanced soft polymeric materials. Inspired by examples found in Nature, and in particular proteins, new strategies, based on the conjugation of sequence-defined peptides to synthetic polymers, have been scouted to address this challenge.
In our work, we introduced so-called polymer-wrapped peptide nanotubes (PPNT), which resemble core (=peptide) / shell (=polymer) nanorods. These hybrid materials show a remarkable dependency of the nanoscale structure on the mass of grafted synthetic polymers, which is found to be independent of the chemistry of the attached macromolecule.
Julien Couet studied chemistry at the Ecole Superieure de Chimie Physique et Electronique de Lyon, and at the University of Edinburgh. In 2003, he obtained an MSc in organic chemistry. He joined the group of Markus Biesalski at the Department of Microsystems Engineering, University of Freiburg as a PhD student and as a DAAD fellow. His research area of interest focused on the design of hybrid nanotubes by controlled living radical polymerization from the surface of tubular peptide nanocores.