Assembly and Processing

Assembly has played a key role in the development of the polymer industry. Thus, high impact polystyrene and semicrystalline polyolefins are based on the assembly of in-situ produced graft copolymers and that of polymer chains by dispersed forces, respectively. Nature shows that more complex interactions (dispersive, polar and charged) can be used to produce hierarchical structures. Biological systems serve as example to extract the basic principles and then develop other materials with functionalities that cannot be achieved otherwise and that are not attainable by the current polymers.