Supramolecular Chimistry or the design of stimulable self-assembled polymers
This topic, developed within "Systèmes Polymères Fonctionnels" team, is based on the specificity and reversibility of host/guest molecular interactions in order to build tunable "plug and play" polymer systems. These fonctionalized polymers, synthesized via Controlled Radical Polymerizations (CRP), allows for the design of well-defined macromolecular assemblies, by playing with the nature of supramolecular interactions.
Depending of the robustess of the complexes, new multi-stimulable macromolecular assemblies are synthesized. Moreover, these supramolecular polymers can be reversibly and easily disassembled by applying external stimuli such as electrochemistry, temperature, pH, …
For instance, this interesting supramolecular approach led to the elaboration of micellar systems (smart micelles) able to encapsulate and leach out drugs.
Polymer systems engineering