50th anniversary perspective: Block polymers-pure potential

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Macromolecules, ISSN: 1520-5835, Vol: 50, Issue: 1, Page: 3-22

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Christopher M. Bates; Frank S. Bates
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Chemistry; Materials Science
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Block polymers have undergone extraordinary evolution since their inception more than 60 years ago, maturing from simple surfactants to an expansive class of macromolecules encoded with exquisite attributes. Contemporary synthetic accessibility coupled with facile characterization and rigorous theoretical advances have conspired to continuously generate fundamental insights and enabling concepts that target applications spanning chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. Here, we parse the vast literature to examine the forefront of the field and identify exciting themes and challenging opportunities that portend a bracing future trajectory. This Perspective celebrates the visionary role played by Macromolecules in advancing our understanding of this remarkable class of materials.