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

Richard G. Jones, Christopher K. Ober, Philip Hodge, Pavel Kratochvíl, Graeme Moad, Michel Vert

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-492
Number of pages30
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregation
  • IUPAC polymer division
  • Polymers
  • Recommendations
  • Self-assembly
  • Terminology

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