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Nature can precisely control monomer sequences in biopolymers, but this is somewhat problematic in the formation of synthetic polymers. Here the authors show sequence-controlled supramolecular terpolymerization via self-sorting behavior among three sets of monomers possessing mismatched host-guest pairs.
Biological systems vital functions are based on non-equilibrium states driven by consumption of chemical fuels. Here the authors show a spatiotemporal control over the formation of hydrophobic colloids, hydrogels or inks through a chemical reaction network of dicarboxylate compounds fuelled by carbodiimide.
A patterned, spatially resolved gel has now been devised. The two-component gel is formed by sequential assembly of two independent networks of fibres, and the subsequent selective removal of one network by irradiation.