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Pure Appl. Chem., 2013, Vol. 85, No. 2, pp. 463-492

Published online 2012-12-16

Terminology for aggregation and self-assembly in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 2013)

Richard G. Jones1*, Christopher K. Ober2*, Philip Hodge3, Pavel Kratochvíl4, Graeme Moad5 and Michel Vert6

1 University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
2 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
3 University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
4 Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Praha, Czech Republic
5 CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia
6 University Montpellier 1, Montpellier, France

Abstract: In the past, aggregation and self-assembly have been associated principally with micellar and colloidal systems of molecules; however, with the advent of supramolecular chemistry, molecular self-assembly has been opened to a much wider understanding that has facilitated access to a variety of different shapes and sizes, along with the construction of new and fascinating molecular topologies. This document aims at defining more than 150 terms related to aggregation and self-assembly in the particular case of macromolecules. The list is restricted to the most commonly encountered terms.