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Friday, July 19, 2019

All matter consists of one or more phases — regions of space with uniform structure and physical properties. Everyone is familiar with the common phases of H2O (solid, liquid, and gas), also known as ice, water, and steam. Similarly, polymeric materials can form a variety of different solid or liquid phases that determine their properties and ultimate utility. This is especially true of block copolymers, the highly useful self-assembling macromolecules created when a polymer chain of one type (call it “Block A”) is chemically connected with a polymer chain of a different type (“Block B”). read more

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