Supramolecular chemistry

Reading polymer codes

The concept of encoding information into a synthetic polymer through its monomer sequence promises very-high-density storage, but decoding such data is a significant challenge. Now, it has been shown that small molecular tweezers can recognize different triplet sequences in oligoimides, offering a glimpse of how to read out information from polymer codes.

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Figure 1: Encoding information in linear sequences.


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Shimizu, K. Reading polymer codes. Nature Chem 2, 612–613 (2010).

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