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Non-equilibrium dynamics of block copolymer micelles in solution: recent insights and open questions

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Abstract

The increasing variety and complexity of block copolymers leads to a large morphological diversity of self-assembled structures. This, in turn, opens the way for numerous new applications in fields spanning from drug delivery and templated synthesis of nanoporous materials to oil extraction. However, unlike low-molecular weight surfactants, the dynamics of block copolymer systems can be very slow, which has important consequences for carrying out reliable experiments and for their use in practical applications. This paper highlights the mechanism of non-equilibrium block copolymer dynamics, and discusses micellization and transition kinetics between spherical and rod-like micelles by examining the present knowledge and posing some open questions.

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The article was received on 18 Jan 2010, accepted on 01 Mar 2010 and first published on 15 Apr 2010


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C001175B
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 2351-2357
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    Non-equilibrium dynamics of block copolymer micelles in solution: recent insights and open questions

    A. G. Denkova, E. Mendes and M. Coppens, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 2351
    DOI: 10.1039/C001175B

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