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Dynamic polymeric micelles versus frozen nanoparticles formed by block copolymers

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Abstract

In selective solvents the solvophobic blocks of block copolymers associate leading to the formation of aggregates. If exchange of polymer chains between aggregates is rapid the system reaches equilibrium and the aggregates are dynamic. However, in many cases kinetically frozen aggregates are formed. In this highlight we review experimental and theoretical work focused on the kinetics of the formation of aggregates by block copolymers and on the rate of exchange of polymers between aggregates at steady state. We will illustrate the importance of the exchange dynamics by their effect on gels and ordered phases formed by block copolymers in solution.

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The article was received on 10 Dec 2009, accepted on 12 Feb 2010 and first published on 23 Mar 2010


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B925666K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 3111-3118
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    Dynamic polymeric micelles versus frozen nanoparticles formed by block copolymers

    T. Nicolai, O. Colombani and C. Chassenieux, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 3111
    DOI: 10.1039/B925666K

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