Underexplored Stereocomplex Polymeric Scaffolds with Improved Thermal and Mechanical Properties
Stereocomplexation has been shown to enhance the thermal and mechanical properties of polymers. The scope and utility of stereocomplexation have focused primarily on toughening of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA). Recently, additional polyester and polycarbonate systems with more diverse properties and functionality have also exhibited the ability to form stereocomplexes which is coupled to enhanced thermal properties similar to those exhibited by stereocomplexed-PLA (SC-PLA). This Perspective will highlight recent and future efforts that aim to discover new stereocomplexable scaffolds and expand their use in the formation of molecular and supramolecular assemblies and in biomaterial applications.
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