After-action of the ideas of I.M. Lifshitz in polymer and biopolymer physics

Alexander Yu Grosberg, Alexei R. Khokhlov

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    We review the development of ideas in polymer physics initially formulated by I.M. Lifshitz. We start with general issues in polymer statistics, such as the analogy with quantum mechanics, and then continue with globules and a variety of coil-globule transitions, ranging from toroidal DNA particles, superabsorbing gels, to orientational order in liquid-crystalline polymers. We pay major attention to the more recent developments in the theory of heteropolymers with a quenched sequence of chemically distinct monomers and to the works on sequence design applied both in protein physics and in the attempts to mimic properties of proteins in synthetic copolymers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)189-210
    Number of pages22
    JournalAdvances in Polymer Science
    Volume196
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2006

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    Biopolymers
    Polymers
    Physics
    Proteins
    Quantum theory
    Liquid crystal polymers
    Particles (particulate matter)
    DNA
    Gels
    Copolymers
    Monomers
    Statistics

    Keywords

    • Biopolymers
    • Copolymer sequences
    • Globules
    • Polymers
    • Sequence design

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    • Materials Chemistry
    • Polymers and Plastics

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    After-action of the ideas of I.M. Lifshitz in polymer and biopolymer physics. / Grosberg, Alexander Yu; Khokhlov, Alexei R.

    In: Advances in Polymer Science, Vol. 196, No. 1, 2006, p. 189-210.

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    Grosberg, Alexander Yu ; Khokhlov, Alexei R. / After-action of the ideas of I.M. Lifshitz in polymer and biopolymer physics. In: Advances in Polymer Science. 2006 ; Vol. 196, No. 1. pp. 189-210.
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