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Issue 1, 2008
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Helix self-assembly through the coiling of cylindrical micelles

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Both single and double helical superstructures have been created through solution self-assembly of cylindrical micelles for the first time. Helical micelles were formed from the co-assembly of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(methyl acrylate)-block-polystyrene (PAA-b-PMA-b-PS) triblock copolymers with different multiamines. The helix pitch could be adjusted by adjusting the amount and type of multiamine added. The helical structure exhibits unprecedented regularity for a nanostructure self-assembled from solution indicating the presence of strong, synergistic forces underlying the helix formation.

Graphical abstract: Helix self-assembly through the coiling of cylindrical micelles

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2007, accepted on 29 Oct 2007 and first published on 08 Nov 2007

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B715459C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 90-93
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    Helix self-assembly through the coiling of cylindrical micelles

    S. Zhong, H. Cui, Z. Chen, K. L. Wooley and D. J. Pochan, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 90
    DOI: 10.1039/B715459C

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