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Biomimetic triblock copolymer membranes: from aqueous solutions to solid supports

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Abstract

In the present paper, we studied the preparation of biomimetic triblock copolymer (ABA) membranes in aqueous solution and their deposition into solid supports. The self-assembly structures of the ABA in aqueous solution was investigated by using optical microscopy, dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy (EM) and SAXS. Spherical and tubular polymersomes were found at the highest concentrations investigated. The mechanism of deposition on solid supports (mica and glass) was elucidated by using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The deposition results in the formation of a uniform defect-free membrane at suitable polymer concentrations.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2010, accepted on 10 Nov 2010 and first published on 06 Dec 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00711K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1129-1138
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    Biomimetic triblock copolymer membranes: from aqueous solutions to solid supports

    A. González-Pérez, V. Castelletto, I. W. Hamley and P. Taboada, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1129
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00711K

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