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Polymer Chemistry Research Group


Polymers of Novel Molecular Composition and Topology


Creating novel polymers of complex structures via controlled procedures of polymerization is called macromolecular engineering. The object of these efforts is the total synthesis of functional polymers and the fine control of their macro- and microarchitecture, molecular weight and molecular weight distribution.


The synthesis of polymer chains and segments can be utilized to build complex macromolecular structures with designed functionality and controlled morphological domains. Hyperbranched and star polymers (and poly-macromonomers) are particularly suitable for a range of special applications (i.e. encapsulation, coatings, crosslinking agents, carriers, catalyis, analytical chemistry etc.).

This is because while containing a large number of active functional groups, the compact structure of these polymers confers a number of valuable properties (i.e. low viscosity, good solubility) to them, especially in comparison with their linear analogs.

  3-D model of hyperbranched structure

3D model of a hyperbranched molecule

(Click image to see a hyperbranched molecule grow. Image courtesy of Michigan Molecular Institute)


 Béla IvánGyörgy KaszaAmália SzankaÁkos SzabóIstván SzankaKlára Verebélyi