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Plumbing Analogy

The bundling of monomer sets into a "toolkit" product might be easiest to understand by analogy to plumbing toolkits.  A general plumber's toolkit would be expected to contain PVC (polyvinylchloride) pipe fittings, copper pipe fittings, and iron pipe fittings.  These fittings would be couplers, 90-degree elbows, 45-degree elbows, tees, adapters, nipples, caps, valves, and more.  From these parts, and lengths of pipe, a plumbing system can be assembled.

So let's use this plumbing toolkit as an analogy for NSC's nanopolymers.

In this analogy...
     PVC pipes and fittings would correlate with the set of vector-directional iminol monomers,
     copper pipe and fittings would correlate with the set of vector-directional bisoxazole monomers, and
     iron pipe and fittings would correlate with the set of vector-directional aramid monomers.

Within each monomer set, there would be monomers of many different vector quantities.  Reactions of monomers within each set would have identical reaction conditions.  But the reaction conditions are different between sets, just like PVC pipe uses a solvent-based glue, copper pipe uses heat and solder, and iron pipe uses threads and teflon tape.

Then we have the "adapter" fittings to interconnect monomers, oligomers and polymers of different sets.  These adapters would have monomers with one kind of primary and secondary groups on one side of the monomer and another kind of primary and secondary groups on the other side of the monomer.  This is analogous to copper-to-iron-pipe adapters, PVC-to-copper adapters, and PVC-to-iron-pipe adapters.

Just as a plumber selects specific plumbing parts to accommodate the requirements of a particular job, a nanotechnologist will be able to select the ideal monomers for building a targeted nanostructural construct.

With computer-aided design tools, the choice of monomers can be facilitated by the computational power of modern computers.

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